Out in support of the recently-released debut full-length, Here Again, Connecticut’s A Will Away have come a long way from their more conventional pop punk roots. After expanding their sound with 2015 EP Bliss, the group, who channel a style in the vein of the pop punk resurgence of a few years ago, where a wave of young and talented bands course-corrected and veered back towards the sound of the early ’00s, after an increasingly uninspired and poppy crop of acts in the latter part of the decade, have managed to balance elements of alt rock and emo, finding an earnest and catchy voice with a lot of substance.
Joining the band at their performance tonight, April 5 at The End are a trio of local acts we’d recommend on their own (and have on many occasions)- indie/emo rockers Slow and Steady, alt rock/pop punk rising stars Pocket Science, and emo-emo-informed, ambient, post-rock tinged band to watch Pale Lungs, all of whom recently opened for Dashboard Confessional’s local residency. For just $10, you get a great national act on the rise, and three of the most promising bands in Nashville’s thriving DIY scene, all talented performers your need to know. It’s a busy night of great shows around town, but this one deserves your attention.
A Will Away, Slow and Steady, Pocket Science, and Pale Lungs will perform tonight, April 5 at The End. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available for $10.