With a career spanning over 15 years, it’s safe to say that Florida’s We The Kings have earned their place as pop-punk mainstays. Two years after the release of their last album, ‘SIX’, the band have returned with their ‘SAGA’ EP.
The six-track offering is dedicated to their history and evolution, with each track chronologically representing the band’s albums, reflecting both the sound and the era of We The Kings at that time.
Opener ‘Turn It Up’ should be no surprise that this is nostalgic pop-punk at its finest. Full of big sing-along choruses and woahs that perfectly encompass the 2007 era which saw them rocket to fame with their debut iconic classics, such as ‘Check Yes Juliet’ and ‘Skyway Avenue’.
Transitioning into the EP’s standout, ‘These Nights’, the song eases away from the cheesy pop sound, instead concentrating on the band’s lyrical abilities and proving their talents were never going to pigeon-hole them as one hit wonders. Although it surrounds the theme of nostalgia of ‘the good old days’, lyrics such as “I miss the nights when we could drive / With all the windows down and one headlight / Chasing the dark side of the moon” seem more relatable than ever in these uncertain times.
‘No 1 Like U’ is well and truly the most fun track on offer, and perfectly resembles the band’s high-energy third album, ‘Sunshine State Of Mind’. The song offers up an idyllic summer feel-good hit, with its breakdown throwing back some real 3OH!3 vibes.
The final three cuts on offer are where the shift and growth on the band really shine through. It’s a poignant moment where they’re no longer singing about pining after girls, and instead are focusing on their own lives as they begin to settle down themselves.
‘Falling (So In Love)’ tells the story of frontman Travis Clark and how he fell in love with his wife in this perfectly polished pop song, beautifully depicting the romantic theme which oozes its way throughout the band’s fourth album.
‘The Light’ focuses on this theme of hope and faith, that no matter what is happening in the world there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel and significantly highlights the maturity within the band’s song writing.
Closer, ‘Love Me Or Let Me Down’, is an incredibly beautifully written ballad, but it still manages to pack in a huge chorus full of emotion that will no doubt go down incredibly once live shows resume.
It couldn’t be more apparent that ‘SAGA’ is a record for the fans that have stood alongside the We The Kings on their journey. It’s refreshing to see a band acknowledge the evolution of their sound and history rather than consider it dead and buried, as many bands so often like to do these days. We The Kings have already announced that there’ll be a second part to this EP, one in which focuses on the present and future sound of the band. We can just hope that we don’t have to wait too much longer to hear it.