Review || Waxflower - "We Might Be Alright" EP

Friday, 16th of April 2021 marks the release date of Waxflower’s EP, “We Might Be Alright” through Rude Records.

I have to say, it has been a long time since I last got so excited with a release in the emo / pop punk spectrum. I’m a sucker for pop punk and anything that triggers my emotions that effectively, and this EP is an absolute treat for me! 

The opener of this 5-song EP, “Again”, featuring the amazing Caitlin Henry from Eat Your Heart Out, sets the mood for what Waxflower is all about. The beautiful guitar work, the absolutely catchy chorus and the phenomenal outro with the vocal harmonies will not only give you the chills, but they will also make you sing along in every hit of the replay button ‘cause trust me… you are going to listen to every single song “again, again and again” (see what I did there?). Not Alone” follows and it hits right in the feels. The mesmerising intro in this and the powerful vocals of Tristan deliver every word written in those lyrics with great success. Somebody would say that they get “carved into the bone” (oops, I did it again). By the way, if you haven’t already, you should totally check the acoustic take of this song on their Rock Sound’s Shower Sessions performance.

Food For Your Garden” follows previous singles "Not Alone" and “Again”. Tristan reveals that the song is about running from your past and avoiding personal change by trying to find it in another. He goes on by saying that “Regardless of how a relationship ends, you learn from it, you live with it and so do they. Sometimes you aren’t meant to be in someone’s life, and that’s fine. You may as well let your time together be the fertiliser that helps you grow”. I can totally feel all of the above both lyrically and musically. Being a guitarist myself, I have to point out that the guitar work in this one truly appealed to me.. I even figured out the tabs to learn the song!

“Fake Frown” and “WMBA” provide closure to this masterpiece of an EP. The emo nostalgia hits harder with those two and they both keep the emotions high, as you would expect by listening to the opening songs.

Overall, “We Might Be Alright” is an EP full of emotion. Every captivating chorus, the crystal clear production and Waxflower's ability to balance hard and soft, create a record that even the most difficult listeners will like. I’m stoked to see what the future holds for those talented boys and I surely can’t wait to attend one of their future live shows to scream my heart out with the powerful lyrics of this EP.

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