Somewhere on a pop-punk spectrum between Joyce Manor and Lifetime lies Hold Tight!, a band from Richmond, VA, with a knack for consistently crafting fresh and incredibly catchy hooks. “Stumble” is off their latest EP, I Always Leave But Never Say Goodbye, and stays true to their affinity for melodic riffs and clean-cut vocals. Only ever-so-slightly slower than some of their earlier material, the mid-tempo track explores more emo territory, with downtrodden lyrics about dying alone and bemoaning our reliance on technology. Firecracker drumming and rumbling bass lines drive “Stumble,” but the real highlight is its explosive, memorable chorus of gang vocals.
I Always Leave But Never Say Goodbye is out now via Animal Style Records.