LABEL: SELF RELEASED
WORDS: JO COSGROVE
The obvious being stated first: there is nothing more alternative than the alternative rock scene. With every band, every song, every album being released every year, there is always a change; an improvement or what was intended to be an improvement but never succeeded. Stevenage-based group Waste are making their own improvements and their own waves in the alt rock genre, leaving a great first impression with their 2016 self-titled EP – in particular, the fan favourite track ‘Thunder’, of their most well-known and all-around loved songs to date. But their journey is only just beginning and Waste are ready to give the masses more, more, more. That’s exactly what they did with their new three-track EP ‘Honey’.
Three years of hard work and progress from their debut are shown off through the three brand new tunes they chose for ‘Honey’, and it sticks to a system that seems to be a winner for the group, holding onto a sound and a formula that works without the failing aspects of repetition, provoking boredom or deterrence, and ending up being too “samey”. Still in the early stages of their career, it can be detrimental, but fortunately these guys are instead succeeding and managing to pull it off.
“Three years of hard work and progress from their debut are shown off through the three brand new tunes they chose for ‘Honey’.”
The standout song out of the trio is the title track, ‘Honey’. It is the mascot of the record – if that makes sense – the title track, the first track of the EP, and the latest single released by the group. Starting softer than expected, things become exciting once the drums kick in. It brings the catchiness that gives a single longevity, but it’s yet to bring the energy to 100%. That being said, it doesn’t feel empty nor unfulfilling. It’s an accurate build-up; a way to warm the listeners up. Not too dissimilar to an opening act of a live show: the right one will get everyone hyped but not hyper. The right level of setting the mood without wasting all that is to offer.
Following is the more instrumentally notable track ‘FLP’. This is the tune that brings attention to every members’ individual musical talent: from a talent-fuelled guitar solo, to a momentarily entrancing drumbeat, to the soothing yet striking effect of frontman Jak Melvin’s vocals. It’s an example of enjoying a track for how it sounds and how it’s made, and the different levels to take in breathe new life with every listen. A wondrous new way to take in music.
The EP ends with the slow-tempo beauty that is ‘Who’s Your New Friend?’ It takes things at a new pace, and shakes things up just enough to keep it interesting but not too much to make it stand out unnecessarily like a melodic sore thumb. The tempo increases and decreases throughout the moments, and there is a two-part harmony partway through that breaks up the track in such a unique style. The intriguing variety within the EP’s set-up atmosphere is capped off adequately with ‘Who’s Your New Friend?’ rounding up the movement that the band has in mind.
“Waste are making their mark with this three-part story of an EP, every track impresses & pleases”
One may believe it’s easy to sum up a record consisting on a trio of new rock tunes; there’s not much to think about or look into, but it can’t be further from the truth. There’s still no easy way to put out thoughts and impressions even with a small handful to work with, because there is still the establishment of tone and interpretations to take in and think through. Waste are making their mark with this three-part story of an EP, and every track impresses and pleases and ‘Honey’ as a stand-alone song is one that can work to covert casual listeners into dedicated fans.
Taking influence from the alternative and indie corners of the rock field and manipulating all of their hard work into trademark entertainment, it shows how the genre is never stuck nor dying where it stands. There is still evolution and diversity, and new blood will present itself at every opportunity to revive the lifetime of rock. Waste is pure proof that growing and developing acts will always satisfy listeners, and will strike with brand new electricity – a kind which will only strengthen.