Woes are a pop-punk from the UK who are set to release their new self-titled EP this Friday via Rude Records.
You can listen to the EP in full below, via RockSound:
The band harp back to the days that pop-punk was fun, party music and not just some whiny kids wanting to leave their town. As a whole, the genre has become a parody of itself and this EP is a nice reminder that you can still have fun with pop-punk in 2016 without retreading the same vocal melody that has been pounded into the ears of listeners by a few select bands who seem to be getting all the limelight in the last few years.
Unfortunately, the conveyor belt that churns out a newer version of last year's hot pop-punk band is going to keep on going, but it's nice to have a band like this come along and divert some attention from that just a little bit every now and then. At any given moment, Woes can be fast or slow, energetic or apathetic... the EP is pretty unpredictable considering it sits in a genre which has perhaps the most obvious staple formulas in music right now.
That's not to say there's not work to be done here. A band this young can always improve. It is, however, extremely encouraging that a new band can look past almost every easy option within their given genre and instead explore the things that the genre was founded on.
I know, it feels weird talking about pop-punk like it's important or credible in 2016, but hopefully with enough releases like this we can get back to our 2007 sensibilities towards the genre as soon as possible.