Pembleton – The New EP – ‘Illumiparty’

Pembleton – Bristol, England, United Kingdom.


The sound of three lads, having fun and playing the music they want to hear. Fair enough.

Pembleton hail from Bristol and play an upbeat and up-tempo collection of nineties-esque Punk music that could easily fit both a Punk or Pop-Punk bill. The band have two EP releases under their fledgling belts, as well as past spots on bills and festivals that have included MF favourites, Punk/Grunge mob Milk Teeth as well as fellow Bristolians – Tuskens.

Click here for our work Milk Teeth and Click here for Tuskens.

The band’s sets with Coldplay (citation needed) and a MULTIPLE set of appearances at Reading and Leeds Festival in 2014 are almost something of legend…

I’m sure they blew Coldplay out of the water… Now however, it’s high time we examined the new EP, Illumiparty:


Funnily enough, the three track EP begins with track one, ‘Lia Shabeouf’, which itself begins with an upbeat intro that wouldn’t be out of place on a Ska leaning release. The rest of the track pounds some lovely upbeat grit that may be upbeat and cheerful, but still holds down the grit that Punk music holds so dear.

The sense of humour and approachability of the band that you get from the music, the artwork, song titles and their Facebook updates is a something that clearly comes naturally to the three-piece. Even the message we received enquiring about a review made us chuckle:

‘Hello there, Musically Fresh. How are you? My name is Laurence, I’m in a music band, called Pembleton. I saw you do reviews, I like reviews. Talking about reviews, my band has a new EP out soon.

If you like it let me know. I don’t know if this is strictly the right way to do this but yeah. I’m sorry.


Track two of three has another inventive title. ‘From My Chest Pubes To My Ball Fro’ is a blast of 90’s Punk Rock that would have sat well on a live bill with the greats of the day.

Harder-edged and just as driven, the band’s influences shine through – think the “Pop-ier” side of Gnarwolves, with some RVIVR thrown in. In many ways, the band sound like what I can only imagine a British Latterman would sound like, but that’s just me and my opinion doesn’t matter, Or does it? Pardon? Oh, it doesn’t?! Bollocks.

The finale of this EP, ‘Quit My Job, Grow A Beard’, is your anti-work anthem for bad days and hated occupations. Much like its predecessors, it’s a fast and punchy Punk Rock song with a chorus reminiscent of The Lawrence Arms and that same feel-good vibe Pembleton seem to generate just by existing.

Have a good time, drink a beer, jump about, quit your job, grow a beard and more importantly do all of this with Illumiparty at a dangerously high decibel level.

Keep track of all things Pembleton via the following links:

– Click here for their Facebook page, position the cursor here for Twitter and indulge yourself here for their bandcamp profile, where all their music is available in that tasty ‘FREE/Name your price’ bracket to download.


Matthew Speer

Matt has 2.1 BA in History and is most likely somewhere in his twenties. He enjoys a wide range of music, but has a strong penchant for Punk-Rock. Originally he hails from the Isle Of Wight off the South Coast of England, UK and spends most of his time around England's South-West.

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