WSTR have seemingly come out of nowhere with this EP, having signed to No Sleep Records on the back of only one other release. It’s a statement of intent from the label, and on SKRWD, the band get to showcase exactly why Hopeless took a chance on them.
6 songs, less than 20 minutes long, the EP is full of boisterous pop-punk, and ticks all the boxes which Hopeless could ask for. The singles, Fair weather and Graveyard Shift, are perfect representations of what is on offer here. Reminiscent of early Sum 41 in that there seems to be boundless energy in the band, there’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to WSTR.
From the opening riff on South Drive, which could have been lifted from any song from Four Year Strong’s prime, it’s easy to see why the major label placed a bet on these guys. And it’s certainly paid off, as the 6 tracks on offer are pop punk gold, which is all that Hopeless deals in.
A short introduction to what WSTR can do, but as loud as you’d hope, expect big things to match their big songs.
– Chris Droney
Support Band: Hopeless Records