"Whether you absorb it song by song, or as one proper listen, these guys are reaching for the epic on every scale. Great stuff to fuel your engines!"
"Only Strangers prove that there is a wealth of song writing talent in the genre that puts it right up there with some of the greats such as Springsteen, etc."
"A powerful punk classic in the making... Only Strangers are a band that should be on your radar."
"Only Strangers are a credit to themselves, and stand as proof that there’s still plenty of life left in this punk scene of ours."
"This band should be up there on all the punk festivals and in your music player all summer. Excellent band with a stunning album."
– Ragged Press
"All of the songs on this album have the depth, power and hooks to transfer and grow in a live setting. I am now desperate to see this band live soon."
"What a great punk band... They kick royal ass. I love their energy, the riffs, the power, and the fact that they are so melodic and catchy. WOW. This is the punk band of the future."
Only Strangers // Pardon Us
Only Strangers have been on the UK melodic punk scene for over a decade. Formed in 2010, the band consists of Declan O'Reilly (guitar, vocals), Adam Gater (bass, vocals), Joe Hawthorne (guitar) and Paul Beard (drums). We've put out a couple of DIY EPs over the years, featured on a few compilations and released a split EP with Liverpool-based Pardon Us on Keith Records. We released our first full album in 2018 with Manchester-based Horn & Hoof Records.
We’ve been hanging out, playing Nintendo and listening to music together for over 25 years since high school. Members of the band used to play in Sense of Urgency (TNSrecords) as well as Blowback (Bare Necessities Records) and The Loaders. Only Strangers is a return to our roots, playing the kind of melodic punk rock we grew up listening to – with influences from bands like Lawrence Arms, Alkaline Trio, Iron Chic, Hot Water Music, Leatherface and Jawbreaker.