New York
The first time they ever played music together, the three members of New Hope Club felt an undeniable chemistry. All lifelong musicians who’d begun writing their own songs as kids, Northern England natives Blake Richardson, George Smith, and Reece Bibby bonded over their shared mission of making anthemic yet acoustic-guitar-driven pop music. “Right away we realized there was something special with the three of us,” recalls Blake. “We were jamming in George’s living room, playing Oasis songs and all that, and we just clicked in a really amazing way. We started writing together that weekend, and everything took off from there.”

Less than a year after that summer 2015 meeting, New Hope Club embarked on a tour with The Vamps, playing their first-ever shows to a crowds of 10,000 a night while performing during The Vamps main set. Around that time, the trio also came up with what would become their breakthrough single: the intensely catchy “Perfume,” a heart-on-sleeve pop number about “spending a day with a girl and then being left with nothing but the smell of her perfume in your room,” according to Reece.

On their upcoming debut EP, Welcome To The Club, New Hope Club channel that energy into songs showing their knack for crafting sing-along-ready melody and richly textured guitar parts. Featuring all three members on vocals and guitar—with Reece playing bass as well—the EP builds off the bright and breezy pop of “Perfume” and brings in elements of electronic music and R&B. New Hope Club recorded the EP in England and in Los Angeles, and teamed up with producers like Red Triangle (a British duo known for their work with Charlie Puth, 5 Seconds of Summer, and The Struts).