Pop-punk five-piece WSTR are set to release their latest EP, SKRWD, next month, and I strongly advise you to pre-order it and start counting down the days.
With an opening track as catchy and electrifying as ‘South Drive’, the boys in WSTR launch into their new EP with a seemingly unlimited supply of confidence and swagger right from the get go. Guitarists Kieran Alder and Danny Swift open with instantly familiar riffs that you can’t help but bob your head to, before being joined by bassist Alex Tobijanski, drummer Kieran McVeigh and vocalist Sammy Clifford.
Despite the more serious note to the lyrics of ‘Fair Weather’, the track doesn’t stray from the EP’s infectious, savvy style and is, without question, the highlight of the release. The unapologetic hook of “my friends are dicks but I would never have it any other way” is one that is sure to become an anthem for the band, and an undoubtable crowd pleaser.
The EP is completed by ‘Brainsick’, ‘Aint Great’ and ‘Devils n Demons’ – three more tracks packed with irresistibly catchy riffs, powerful vocals and intelligent lyrics, all woven together in WSTR’s flawless style.
While the EP is more than likely to see the band compared to upcoming pop-punk bands like The Story So Far and Neck Deep, there are also a lot of clear nods to classic pop-punk artists like Blink-182 and New Found Glory – bands the five boys no doubt grew up listening to – making their sound one that feels much more fresh and original. These 6 tracks are a perfect taster of what is to come, and if this EP is anything to go by, WSTR are most definitely one to watch.