Only Strangers are a melodic punk rock band from Stoke on Trent. Founded 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've recently released our first full album with Manchester-based Horn & Hoof Records.
We’ve been hanging out, playing Nintendo and listening to music together for over 20 years, since way back in high school. Various members of the band were 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 and Jawbreaker.
We're booking shows and festivals through 2018 to get our new album out to as many people as we can. Feel free to get in touch if you'd like us to play a show near you.