It’s been near enough impossible to ignore the monumental rise of WSTR, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last year or so. The quintet from Liverpool have really risen to prominence over the last year and stamped themselves, along with Neck Deep, as the poster boys for UK pop-punk. The success of their debut EP, ‘SKRWD’, gave them scope to tour endlessly across the country.
As a debut full-length album goes, ‘Red, Green Or Inbetween’ is a pretty solid effort. “With all my friends in the same place”, the first lyrics on album opener ‘Featherweight’, sets the tone lyrically and musically for the rest of the album. It’s a raucous track that’s sure to be a fan favourite. There’s no doubt that this record was written with the live element of being a band in their mindset.
The album pretty much follows suit from here on out and doesn’t really let up. It can be difficult to differentiate between tracks and some might find that as a bad thing, but as they say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t try and fix it.” Closer ‘Punchline’ is a stand out on the album, showing a softer and more controlled side to the band. While the whole record sounds like organised chaos and fun friendly, this track encapsulate the feel of the record, but also shows growth in comparison to their other material.
Even though the Liverpudlians have seemingly stumbled onto a winning formula, the big test will be their follow-up. As seen with the likes of Real Friends, solid full-length debuts have to be followed-up with an album showing progression, or you can get caught out.
With that being said, WSTR have the world at their feet and they certainly look comfortable with that.
Written by Jacob Eynon (@itsjustjake93)