Since reforming after their hiatus in 2016, Layover have been keen to call this new formation a clean slate, stating that each of them have ‘matured as musicians and people since then’. The Birmingham emo punk band are back with their latest EP Your Laughter Never Leaves which was released through Fox Records on May 4th 2018.

Hunger Pains opens the EP in an impressive way, the vocals are classic American emo punk and the instrumental backing to the track is pop punk bliss. This track explores the dark subject matter of a terminally ill family member, with its soaring chorus’ and the way the ending trails off, this tracks subject is beautifully captured in the execution of the song. The second track on this collective Coffee and Fluoxetine is full of brutally honest lyrics such ‘you left me when I needed you most’ and is quite an experimentally styled track for this genre. It’s a relatively short song but its a real rollercoaster of one.

Hollow Me Out is a short but sweet track that places a lot of emphasis on the vocals, on which Luke Rainsford delivers every time, it’s easy to see why he’s making waves in the scene. The EPs lead single Slumber is a slightly slower one, led by gentle guitar work, about heartache and the loss of love. The repetitive ‘I know you want it more’ is bound to sound huge at shows as fans shout along to the track. Finishing up, the title track is very groovy with prominent bass lines laying some serious groundwork for the track. The chorus on this song is huge, fast paced and very well written.

Layover have really delivered with this new offering, the time shifts and variety of styles they use in this short collective is a clear demonstration of how versatile they are. This EP reflects upon real life scenarios and draws upon emotion, bringing the listener into a very personal space. 9/10