Big Wow To ‘State of Repair’ from And the Wasters

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So fitting for the times: And the Wasters are making music for the millennials!

Music is a substitute for caffeine. If you wake up in the morning and the music is right then the day is auspicious! I am always looking forward to releases from this group (Now called And the Wasters) as their subsequent albums have proven to be really good! Notice the change in the line-up(and name). Here’s a blurb from their site:

2016 saw the band change name and take on a new lineup to play main stages at UK festivals such as Bearded Theory and Boomtown Fair, complete an extensive tour of Europe and bring global influences into their sound with their instrumental diversity of accordion, trumpet and violin.

They are the most hard working group I’ve known and they get better every year in both their studio and live recordings. It is no brainer that everyone in the group has his or her own musical influence and the diversity makes And the Wasters appealing to all music lovers. There is also nuance and complexity I’ve noticed in their music as they strive for artistic growth:

Lyrically, the EP reflects on a sense of sadness, anxiety and uncertainty faced in the modern world, while also promoting an empowering message of solidarity, DIY culture and collective action in their rowdy Punk sound and spirit.

I think this is shown in their song Small Victories. I get that mournful tune on top of the ska-powered rhythm. It is fitting for the times. This contradicting forces are present in all songs. Notably in Reduce, Reuse, Rebel. The Wasters are showing us that the punk spirit is still alive. Despite the excesses and the entitlement that litter this generation, there are still those going against the flow. The production quality is noted here:

Recorded in 2016 across at Music Ape studios & Worse than Bad studio. Mixed and mastered by Matt Martin at Made of Ale (Pumpkin Records). Overdubs on ‘Intro Dub’ by Ian Upsettah.

So the album just dropped. Check out their awesome video below:

Give this band your two thumbs up and buy their albums! It’s a pay-as-you-fee download. Free if ya like 😉 Show your support by giving the world conscience through music!

And the Wasters are: Dan Kemp, Ivo Johansen, Jared Dyer, Celeste Cantor-Stephens, Jo Dobraszczyk, Danny Epstein & Jack Kitchen.

Links:

https://andthewasters.bandcamp.com

https://www.facebook.com/thewastersmusic/

http://www.instagram.com/thewastersofficial

 

If You Haven’t Heard Of Ed Roman Yet…

If you haven’t heard of Ed Roman yet, then don’t be left behind. His music is the perfect soundtrack for summer and perhaps all seasons. His sophomore album Letters from High Latitudes has thirteen feel-good tracks. If you want to boost your endorphin levels then I suggest you play his album, crank the volume up and then party like you’ve never done before. IMG_0514

He is Canadian, and it’s natural for me to like Canadians. They are lovely and amazing people. The country has produced wonderful artists ranging from those you’ve heard on the radio already and those that you haven’t heard yet- but I did 😉 The first single off Letters from High Latitudes is Jamaica. What a perfect timing. I was listening to UB 40 before writing this review so I am in a reggae mood.

Jamaica is a global anthem that reflect’s the singer-songwriter’s sentiments. He took those experiences and also passion for travelling and distilled them into this song. Perhaps you haven’t heard of “Ed Heads” from around the world yet. Those listeners seduced by his music and became passionate fans. Once you hear Jamaica, you will also look for his other songs and then you will eventually get a copy of Letters from High Latitudes. Remember his name: Ed Roman.

You can but Letters from High Latitudes though iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/i-told-you-so/id849345060?