EP REVIEW: Skyway – ‘Hope Floats, Love Sinks’

Words by Natalie Blacklock

Everyone went through a pop-punk phase (don’t say you didn’t – because you’re definitely lying!) At the height of pop-punk’s 2000’s domination – at least in Australia anyway – there was a little band from the Gold Coast, called Skyway who quickly made a name for themselves, delivering soaring pop-punk anthems with heart…and now they’re back with their brand spankin’ new EP, ‘Hope Floats, Love Sinks’ in tow!

Skyway are:
Daniel McMaster – Vocals
Daniel Hawkins – Vocals / Guitar
Rohan Chant – Guitar
Rupert Muir – Bass
Ben Hallett – Drums

The band’s 2010 EP ‘Nauseating Suburbia’ quickly pushed Skyway ahead in leaps and bounds as they shared stages with an impressive list of local and international acts including Frenzal Rhomb, Parkway Drive and The Amity Affliction as well as A Day To Remember, All Time Low, Asking Alexandra, Miss May I, The Wonder Years, Silverstein, Underoath and many others. Their debut album, ‘Finders Keepers’ (which turns 10 in 2021), was another stellar release and featured appearances from an array of talented Aussies including Winston McCall of Parkway DriveCam Baines of Bodyjar and Scott E. Woods of One Dollar Short. In their four short years as a band, Skyway had their music used in TV advertisements for Sony and the film clip for 2011 track, Birthdays (Are For Sluts and Losers), gained 70,000+ views in a time well before YouTube and streaming dominated the market.  Although, only active from 2008 to 2012, the Gold Coast outfit forged their place as one of Australia’s best pop-punk exports. But now, after an approximate 8 year hiatus – and time spent pursuing different musical projects, careers and families – the band have reconnected and have new music to share.

Following the release of their ‘comeback’ single, Cut The Ties, the band announced their return EP ‘Hope Floats, Love Sinks’, which is set for release on Friday November 20th. So, you’d better dust off your Vans, dig out your favourite mosh shorts and get ready to re-acquaint yourself with the local pop-punk goodness that Skyway continue to deliver time and time again!

1. Above Snakes
2. Cut The Ties
3. Heart Anchor
4. Glasshouse
5. The Day You Went Away (Wendy Matthews cover)

Opening track, Above Snakes is a beautiful all-instrumental affair, starting off with intricate guitars before the drums kick into gear, really bringing the song together and setting the scene for what is sure to be one heck of a pop-punk ride! The second track (and first single released) from the EP, Cut The Ties, touches on the way we as humans disconnect from the things that aren’t good for us, even if that action of letting go proves all too difficult.Without a doubt, Cut The Ties instantly picks up from where the near-decade hiatus of Skyway left off. While the caustic riffs, soaring vocals and pummelling beats are still there, there is a new sense of musicality and control lurking beneath the surface, with the band allowing a more polished and measured maturity to shine through the hard-hitting narrative of their songwriting.

Heart Anchor is the newest track released and presents a far “poppier” vibe than the rest of the EP. The contrasting textures of the instrumentation paired with the emotive lyricism on this track really drive the song and its undeniably relatable tone of moving on from lost love. Glasshouse starts with very familiar fast punk guitar and drums that can’t help but excite you (and make you miss the hell out of moshpits).

The chorus of Glasshouse is a huge singalong moment and without a doubt, this track will be a live fan-favourite! Rounding out ‘Hope Floats, Love Sinks’ is a cover of Australian songstress Wendy Matthews’ 1992 track The Day You Went Away. The dual ARIA Award winning song has been given a new, clever lease on life that would see it sit comfortably on any ‘Pop Goes Punk’ style release. Coming in at just over 20 minutes in length, ‘Hope Floats, Love Sinks’ holds its own in the catalogue of releases from Skyway, proving that time knows no bounds when there is talent and a flair for heartfelt pop-punk in the air.

So, while the world around us may feel, look and sound dramatically different since the last time Skyway graced our collective airwaves, it is clear almost a decade of growing up has not wearied the Gold Coast 5-piece as they continue to hit us right in the feels with that riotous punch of pop-punk nostalgia that 2020 has been begging for.

Skyway‘s new EP ‘Hope Floats, Love Sinks’ will be released on Friday November 20th and can be pre-ordered and/or pre-saved HERE.

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With thanks to Collision Course PR

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