At Thumbhole Records we’re always on the lookout for new and upcoming bands who we can give a little bit of spotlight to. We focus on the pop punk/ska/melodic metal/alt rock side of things… mainly because our childhood was wasted eating pizza and watching American pie and playing Tony Hawks instead of learning how to actually skateboard.

That spine chillingly too-real realisation aside, we’re going to be putting together a monthly update with the guys at Discovered to give some hype to some upcoming artists out there. Some of these are guys we’re featuring on past or upcoming compilations (that’s what we do here at Thumbhole!) and some are bands we’ve caught wind of (prrrt) that we couldn’t wait to tell you about!

So, without any further ado, let’s begin January’s Thumb on the Pulse!


These Leamington Spartans (guessing that’s what you call people from Leamington Spa?!) have just brought out their new single Exit Route after signing with We Are Triumphant. 2018 is definitely going to be a big year for these guys. They have a really nice unique sound that stands out amongst a lot of very samey-samey stuff coming out of the woodwork at the moment. The production quality is amazing and we’re really looking forward to hearing more of the new content these guys are working on!

FFO: InMe, Angels and Airwaves, Fightstar, Kids In Glass Houses


Hailing from Chicago, Illinois (the home of Riot Fest) Lightweights are bringing back old school pop punk with some meaty influences such as Blink and Rufio. They released a 3-track EP called Absolutely, Yes in July last year which is available to download from their bandcamp page. Really hoping the recent pop punk revival helps propel these guys as they put on a killer live show and every track on the EP is catchy as hell!

FFO: Rufio, Blink 182, MxPx, The Starting Line, New Found Glory

Shark Bait

Closer to home, Shark Bait are 6 yorkshire lads who released their FIRST SINGLE last month called ‘Please Guy’. To have such an energetic catchy track as their first one off the blocks is a real credit to the guys. Really looking forward to seeing what else comes out of these rum drinking, pizza eating pop punkers!

FFO:  Neck Deep, Knuckle Puck, State Champs, The Story So Far, The Wonder Years

Check out the latest tracks from all the bands in our latest YouTube playlist!

IN A BAND? Looking for exposure?!
Thumbhole Records is currently putting together a new compilation called Tracks You Might Have Missed v3, bringing attention to upcoming punk,rock, alt, ska, metal bands from around the world. If you’re in a band that’s interested, head over to the website and check the Submission Form page




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