It’s safe to say that When All Goes Wrong is a strong indication of just how successful Home Wrecked are. The band only formed in mid-2016 but have already impressed with the well-put together EP which wouldn’t seem out of place among the ranks of some of pop punk’s biggest releases right now.
When All Goes Wrong is the epitome of current pop punk; a more modern version of Blink 182 with inspiration from New Found Glory, The Starting Line and Neck Deep Thrown in.
The EP begins nicely, with a guitar riff drawing you in before the rest of the band kicks in with a fun beat. Common Grounds is a track that sets the rest of the EP out and it’s one that is relatable, both in lyrics and in sound. The first thing I think of when I hear this song is how it’s similar to what I’d hear from Blink 182 – with the singing style and vocals, as well as the overall pop-punk feel of the song.
It turns out, the pop-punk feel continues throughout the whole EP, with similarities to Simple Plan and New Found Glory, or, more recently, modern bands like Neck Deep.
Ready Set Go will get hearts pumping with a more accelerated combination of vocals and instruments. Within a couple of listens, I’m already sure this is a favourite song of mine with an upbeat chorus that I can’t stop singing along to. Although I’d love to experience this whole EP live, I can’t help but think particularly how amazing this song would sound live with the audience singing along loud.
With Distant, we hear some cool vocal effects but by now it’s clear to see that lead singer Joe Daniels has a lot to offer with clean cut vocals, with or without cool effects. Still, it’s a song that’s impressive as it is fun, and holds well for the third song of the EP. Distant also gives bassist Dan Peddis time to shine too.
Never Say Never has a distinctive guitar melody, and again, more lyrics that are relatable, if even to your seventeen year old emo self. It’s in this song that I hear some clear inspiration from bands such as Simple Plan – the song is upbeat, with a few angsty lyrics and plenty of chances to mosh along to.
Things speed up again for Anxious Minds Think Alike which I think will also be rather relatable beyond fans – I can also see this becoming a sort of anthem among them too. Towards the end of the song, everything slows it down a little with an alluring rhythm, before the beat and drums kick in again, and a beyond impressive guitar riff. Joe Daniels finishes the song with some somewhat thoughtful lyrics, bowing out to the end of the EP nicely.
When All Goes Wrong has a really impressive feel to it; although the band were only founded in the summer of 2016, it almost feels like they’ve skipped their garage band phase. This EP has a lot to offer and it’s clear that it’s put together professionally too.
This is no EP that suggests it was hastily put together in a home studio – Home Wrecked are on the right track here and it wouldn’t surprise me if they were signed within the year.
Home Wrecked have skipped that awkward band-garage phrase to release a professional sounding EP that wouldn't look out of place among releases from other pop punk heroes such as All Time Low and Blink 182.