Californian singer/songwriter Cory Wells is about to break out, big time. The release of his debut album, ‘The Way We Are’, is just around the corner, and as a taster he’s put together a small compilation of its singles plus a brand new song on his ‘Broken’ EP.
The title-track (and the only song that won’t be featured on ‘The Way We Are’) kicks things off with a shattering acoustic guitar. Wells is clearly putting all of the emotion that he has to give into his vocal delivery, and when the drums come in, it kicks the energy up another few notches.
‘Lost’ changes the pace, slowing right down with some soft arpeggiated guitar parts in the opening. The vocal harmonies in the verse are beautiful enough to pierce through the soul of any listener and draw out the tears. Towards the end of the track, the drums enter and the tone of the acoustic guitar and vocals get heavier, turning the song into a classic pop-punk ballad.
The second single, ‘Patience’, closes off the EP. Starting with a restoration in the energy established by the first two tracks, it goes heavier than the rest, with Wells nearly screaming when the chorus comes in. The emotions are heavy, but the urge to dance and head bang along to the music also kicks in with this song.
We normally associate punk rock with loud, heavily distorted electric guitars and thunderous, energetic drumming. Cory Wells and his band have managed to make a punk record with an acoustic guitar, softer drumming, and pure emotion. If ‘Broken’ is any indication of what the full-length is going to be like, then get your hands right on it.
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