Traveler – The ‘Something Blue’ EP.

Traveler – Fenton/St. Louis, Missouri, United Kingdom.


Based in Fenton/St. Louis, Missouri, Traveller are Pop-Punk band with shavings of Pop-Rock, Emo and early 2000s Post-Hardcore. A band who sit well within the contemporary Pop-Punk scene but really stand out in their willingness to experiment.

The band’s third release premiered back in August and through listening to its predecessors, you determine that the band have grown-up from the typical to a band that have by no means forgotten their roots despite the forward progression.

‘Growing Pains’ is the older brother of 2014 era Traveller. Its what you’d expect from North American Pop-Punk played by younger musicians but its rhythmic and leaves you gently bobbing your head and despite the odd cliche is sonically sound.

With ‘Belle Blvd’, the Emo aspects of the band’s sound are prominent but not as annoying as you’d think, or as I would normally find them. Traveller seem to be pulling it off somehow and by track two, you don’t know why, but you accept it.

‘Suburban Journal Of A False’ prophet seemingly channels Finch in it’s moody Pop-Punk, a darker sound but a welcome one. The guitar work in the intro and verse is an absolute treat and shows a forward thinking band that may have had growing pains prior but whose eyes are set forward.

Four tracks in and Travellers’ sound is still very much reminiscent of the early 2000s Emo output but as I said before, it’s not over done at all because this is a band pushing themselves.

Fans of veterans Jimmy Eat World will almost certainly find something here too. A harder sound is beginning to come through at this point on the EP, channeling a more Alternative Rock inclination and filling the mind with slight nods to the likes of Make Do and Mend as the maturity begins to increase its pace.

The aforementioned track four, ‘Disappear Here’ and ‘In Repair’ are the better of the bands penned work on this release and as a whole. The citations on their Facebook page come to pass and completely outshines everything that came before it.

We shall leave you with that enticement and final track ‘In Repair’ with not a one trick Pony in sight…

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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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