Wall-Eyed

I Wanna Wreck Yer Car EP

Written by: HES on 29/06/2014 03:01:20

Now lately I've been drowning in folk. Folk in the new-school sense of the word or what some people think is synonymous with "boring". However, Wall-Eyed at first glance seem more like a folk band in the old school kind of way originating back to folk rock Americana-style like it was made back in the 90's.

First song off the EP is "Exile" with a catchy yelling choir chorus and a good rhythmic momentum. The band uses electric guitar-sounds rather than acoustic-sounding which I think is an unexpected touch now that we were talking clichés. Title-song "I Wanna Wreck Yer Car" however revives a bit of the worst appeal of the EP: vocalist Wilson Getchell's accent gains a twang indicated by the title and turns almost country-yodelling at points. Also Getchell has a tendency to "sound" rough rather than sounding rough. A bit more training could move the hoarseness further down his throat and would make it so much more believable. A highlight of this song however, is an almost psyched-out end with blaring horns and sound effects that, even though bizarre, makes me more intrigued than anything else on the EP.

"Like a Playwright" is unfortunately just one of those songs the band should've spent more time on. The soundscape seems chaotic and badly mixed. Some more "traditional" elements like scat singing and banjos could maybe be used a bit more carefully if the band is seeking international attention. I, for one, don’t have a soft spot for any of it. For me, at least, it doesn't make it more authentic, rather a bit outdated. I'd much rather see where the psych'ish elements could've gone. Overall the EP is neither here nor there, but I do see some glimpses of something original. I hope the band will take on that direction for future releases.

Download: Exile
For the Fans of: Billy Wallace and the Virginia Blues
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Release date 09.05.2014
Self-Released


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