EP Review: Woes – Self Help

Woes are one of the latest bands in the recent UK pop-punk uprising, hailing from Scotland, and having toured rigorously for the past few years. This is their second EP, and like the title, it promises to be a cathartic burst of energetic pop-punk. The problem is, there are a lot of bands coming out that promise to make music like this, and while a lot of them fulfil that promise, there isn’t a lot of variety in the genre. That means that to make a name in the world of pop-punk, you have to do something special to stand out. The question is, can this EP?

Well the opening song is promising, to say the least. ‘High on You’ is energetic, upbeat, and catchy. While it’s nothing the genre hasn’t seen before, it’s still a pleasant enough listen to stand up on its own merits. Unfortunately the rest of the EP doesn’t quite live up to it’s standard. Don’t get me wrong- some of the songs do sound pretty good- particularly the punky crescendo of ‘HLB2’ and the slightly slower tempo of ‘Real World’. In fact, all of the EP is pretty good- just not quite good enough to differentiate itself from all the other pop-punk coming out at the moment.

So this puts this EP in an uncomfortable middle ground- it’s too good just to be forgotten or ignored, but it’s not quite good enough to stand out in an increasingly saturated pop-punk world. Before I go ahead with any criticism though- it’s important to note that this is only the band’s second EP- and the fact that they’ve already crafted a coherent sound in the short time they’ve been around is pretty impressive on its own. So while this review has been rather mixed, I definitely see good things for this band in the future, and eagerly await their next release.

Best songs: HLB2, High on You

Score: 6/10

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