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Having spent the last 12 months honing their sound amidst the turmoil of line-up changes and recording woes, Newcastle emo trio ThreadBear are ready to unleash their debut EP, I’ve Been Dissappointed [sic] For The Best Part Of Nine Years, on an unsuspecting public.

The trio, made up of guitarist and vocalist Jonathan Teggert, bassist and vocalist Sam Riseborough and drummer Shane Nickerson, may have an emo-tinged punk ethic, but their music increasingly centres on positivity and striving for something better. Sam explains the themes behind the release. “It’s about the realisation that you shouldn’t base your entire life around one single person, you should always strive to be the best person you can be, and if something gets you down you should always try to turn it into a positive thing.”

Having taken their time in finding their sound, the group travelled outside of the North East to complete the EP’s recording, gaining some much needed perspective. Recording with Sam’s friend Jack Murphy, who runs Crystal Sound Studios in the tiny village of Docking, Norfolk proved to be a fun experience, as the group lived above the studio during recording. “We spent our nights watching School of Rock, playing Skate 3, drinking and making up stupid songs about dads.” Sam admits.

We wanted to make a solid body of work which will represent our wide range of influences whilst serving as a platform for expressing ourselves, both emotionally and musically

What came from these sessions is an EP which may wear its influences on its tattoo-clad sleeve, but which also hides surprising depths. Describing the EP as “kinda emo with more balls than you might expect”, ThreadBear’s combined influences include the likes of Brand New, The Get Up Kids, Joyce Manor and Jawbreaker, and the EP has a rich vein of punk rock attitude running through it. None of the EP’s three songs run over the three minute mark; brazen and defiantly scrappy, there’s an undeniable passion present throughout. Opener The Pier (Was Burned Down In 2002) is a frustrated ode to change, with Sam and Jonathan’s combined vocals working earnestly alongside each other to create a sense of wistful longing; the slow-burning Consolation Prize builds into a cacophonous ode to unrequited love, with a radgy guitar line and ghostly echoes in the outro; while stand-out track Derby Day pitches and rolls from agitated drum fills to weaving guitars, replete with Brand New-esque melancholy.

It’s clear the trio are happy with the results of their labours, and genuinely feel that the time it’s taken to perfect their sound has been time well spent, that’s not to say they’re resting on their laurels though. “We always try to better ourselves musically in order to write the best songs we can,” Sam says. “We wanted to make a solid body of work which will represent our wide range of influences whilst serving as a platform for expressing ourselves, both emotionally and musically.”

With the EP ready for an official launch, which takes place at Newcastle’s Head of Steam on Wednesday 4th May, the trio’s future as part of the region’s music scene is looking bright. “We feel we have bridged the gap between the nicer, twinklier bands and the punkier side of things; we really just enjoy making music and playing shows with no bullshit around it.”

ThreadBear launch the I’ve Been Dissappointed [sic] For The Best Part Of Nine Years EP on Wednesday 4th May at Head of Steam, Newcastle.

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