Romantic Errors of Our Youth, the debut album from Leeds punk band Brawlers, was named one of our 10 best albums of 2015. It was the kind of LP that made you feel excited about the scene again, a huge surge of pop-tinged energy akin to mainlining energy drinks. On July 1st, the foursome once again brings the punk noise with its eagerly awaited follow-up, The Black EP.

Recorded over the course of several weeks alongside producer Thomas Mitchener (Gallows, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes), the five-track effort is packed with honest and punchy songs, and sees the band resuming “complete creative control for the first time in a long time.” This EP also “reflects them as a band right now; they wear their hearts on their sleeves and they are letting the music do the talking.”

And by the sound of lead single ‘Day Job’, the band are experiencing a few life problems. Holding down a job isn’t always easy, but it’s now keeping Brawlers from pursuing their collective interests; taking drugs, being sexy, drinking the night away and staring endlessly at walls. Not that you could tell the band’s dreams have been crushed by the weight of life, especially as they deliver a cannon blast of manic, frills-free pop-punk that’s more volatile than Sambuca. Listen in below.

Brawlers will embark on a U.K. tour starting in June, where they’ll hit the road with Watford’s own Blackhole, before appearances at 2000trees and Kendall Calling in July. For full schedule check out the full schedule, here.

By Chris Coplan

Over the last seven years, Chris has held a number of titles in music journalism, including news writer, reviewer, and columnist. He lives in Chicago, a mere stone's throw from Lake Michigan, and owns a dog he didn't want to name Blade.