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WSTR – Red, Green Or In Between | Album Review

Introducing pop-punk newcomers, WSTR and their debut album ‘Red, Green Or In Between.’ Changing the perception of what heartbreak really sounds like, one song at a time.


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As if Santa hadn’t quite finished giving out gifts, pop-punkers WSTR are set to release their debut album Red, Green Or In Between, on January 20th 2017.

The quartet from Liverpool, UK caught everybody’s attention with the extraordinary success of their debut EP – SKRWD back in September 2015, which catapulted the band onto stages across the UK and Europe with the likes of Neck Deep, A Wilhelm Scream, Moose Blood and Creeper, not to mention making a name for themselves at Slam Dunk Festival2000 TreesHevy Fest and Butserfest.

Red, Green Or In Between is a self-confessed breakup album, however it doesn’t send out the typical ‘fuck you’ vibe but a far more relatable, ‘mad at myself’ vibe. You know, that feeling that we all know about but rarely admit to? Yeah, that one but who knew that heartbreak could be so catchy.

Introductory track ‘Featherweight’ sets this album off to a great start with it’s resounding anthemic qualities. ‘Lonely Smiles’ and ‘Nail The Casket’ both hold themselves well, with up-beat and fast paced distinctions and put this album in a whole new league of it’s own. ‘Eastbound and Down’ takes you into the heart of the record, where you find that you’re really getting down to the brass tax of what the record is all about.

Vocalist Sammy Clifford comments on the album saying: “The title, ‘Red, Green Or Inbetween’ is based on being stuck in limbo or in the ‘in-between’. Amber is also the name of a significant friend of mine who most of the songs are about, so it’s a pretty sad boy record. It’s all about kicking myself for not stepping up when I had the chance and coasting through life making bad decisions. Compared to the EP, it’s still very honest but just bigger, better and longer. The artwork is a voodoo doll which is meant to represent me, as I sometimes feel like someone is out to get me with all the bad luck I have. Putting out an album is a big scary step, but it’s been a long time coming and we’re ready to see what the world has to say and hopefully see some more of it too.”

For a band that have seemingly come out of nowhere, this album is going to make some serious waves in the 2017 pool and the anticipation to see what else this talented bunch have under their sleeves is almost too much.

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