Nanticoke pop-punk band Send Request sent straight from early ’00s pop-punk scene
The members of Send Request are too young to be this authentic. Guitarist Derek Holminski is barely old enough to sit at a bar, but the music he makes with vocalist, Andrew Blank, bassist, Aron Wood, and drummer, Jon Labenski is reminiscent of a late ’90s scene that gave birth to pop-punk bands like Home Grown, New Found Glory and Blink-182. Holminski listed that era of music as a big influence on the band’s sound, along with some modern flag bearers of the genre.
“A big one would probably be Four Year Strong, and A Day to Remember was a big one,” Holminski said.
The 2014 debut EP from the Nanticoke band, “Beyond the Ordinary,” drew influence from the heavier side of the pop-punk periodic table, while their 2015 follow-up “Make Your Move” emphasized the pop with bigger hooks and catchier songwriting. In January, Send Request entered its third year of making music together; since history is wont to repeat itself, that means the third round of new music isn’t far off.
“There’s a new single that should be coming out very shortly, within the next couple months,” Holminski said. “This new single is going to be something a little bit different for us … this is just a nitty gritty easycore pop-punk kind of a vibe.”
Holminski said the “Beyond the Ordinary” track “Comeback Song” is a good indicator of the direction they’re taking with the new single “Anymore,” and the band may debut the track live during their May 26 show at The Other Side in Wilkes-Barre. The 6 p.m. show is $7 to enter and features Send Request, Williamsport’s Northwinds, Lancaster’s Carousel Kings and Tennessee band Jet Black Alley Cat. Holminski said they met the Nashville rock group while touring the Eastern US — something Holminski said the group would like to do for a living.
“It’s definitely something we want to pursue full-time,” Holminski said. “Right now we all have day jobs, but we’re kind of hoping that enough people come out and support it so that we can make a living out of it. We try to have a lot of fun with our shows. We just try to be very goofy with the crowd and try to get them excited and interactive. It’s just a good time.”
Send Request’s interpretation of the term pop-punk is heavily rooted in the genre’s heyday. One listen to their song “Over and Out (Out of My Head)” made me want to chase down early ’00s releases from bands like Riddlin’ Kids and Midtown — or start a band of my own called Away Message. Either way, the quartet’s progression shows a growing ability to bridge the gap between old and new school styles, and that should excite pop-punk fans regardless of the era they consider genre definitive.
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