"Our first single Same Streets is all about doing the same things, week to week in the same places, with the same people, but we enjoy it at the end of the day anyway," states vocalist Mike Hendo of pop punk newcomers Campfires. Featuring footage of the band and pals during summer, they give you an insight into the life of the Aberdeen quintet: BBQs, sweaty shows and jumping into freezing Scottish rivers.
Three fifths of the act originate from beloved UK pop rock act Autumn In Disguise and fast forward three years to 2015, and vocalist Mike Hendo, guitarist Stephen Napier and drummer James Forbes are right back at it again as Campfires, with guitarist Yogi McGregor and bassist Craig Donald filling out their new incarnation.
"[Autumn In Disguise] managed to play some amazing shows, tours and festivals such as Download and Sonisphere," recalls frontman Mike, "Over the years we have all really missed playing live and touring, so we finally got back in a room together and we couldn't be happier about it. The whole purpose of this new band is to get together as friends, write songs that tell a story and play fun shows. We felt like that was similar to sitting round a camp fire and telling stories – hence the name."
Despite being a project where fun is cited as the key ingredient, Campfires' sound is far from disposable. Upbeat yet emotive, catchy yet sombre, the quintet's self titled debut E.P it sees them slotting in well with the modern pop-punk sound de jour. Recorded at Longwave studios in Cardiff with revered producer Romesh Dodangoda (Funeral For A Friend, Decade, Bring Me The Horizon), 'Campfires' is an assertive and eclectic introduction to a recharged, reinvigorated group of friends and musicians, whose simple manifesto to "play crazy, fun shows to people who enjoy our music, in as many places as possible," will fast see them established as ones to watch.