WACO are a punk rock band with some serious chops. Their experimental approach to punk gives this new release Deathless a magnificent edge, and truly succeeds in setting themselves apart from all of the other bands in the scene. The title Deathless itself shows the release to be ballsy from the get-go, and it certainly plays in the band’s favour.
Admittedly, the EP begins with a stutter. Opening track Mother Mercy is a peculiar listen, despite its uplifting nature with danceable and smiley chords all over the place. There are segments of instrumental break that feel all too long-winded and there are some questionably wobbly vocals, but the song still stands as a great track with a beltable chorus and fun guitar sections. WACO take these exciting guitar elements and run with them on following track Heavy Heart, which is undoubtedly filled with heart (heavy or not). An old-school punk vibe flows through this track, with positive lyricism and catchy guitar pieces to keep the experience elevated.
Coolangatta takes the torch, with the extra horns added to the mix to keep the track jovial and smiley. However, this track carries over a big issue that the release holds- while I imagine WACO use this as a way to show their DIY elements, the wailing guitar solos can often sound out of tune and sporadic, making the tracks feel almost unrehearsed. This takes away a lot from the release, as the tracks themselves hold a lot of wisdom in terms of punk rock song-writing, but these flat notes become an incredibly tiresome wrench in the works.
Feed Your Head breaks through with a pop-punk riff sharp as a knife, and a visceral old-timey punk verse to show that WACO know exactly how to cause a ruckus. The perfectly-proportioned cowbell and gang vocals during the chorus make the song a lesson in punk rock for the entire world.
All in all, this release from WACO is very competent, and a great deal of fun. The boys have proven that they are very much worth your attention, and whether it’s sooner or later, they WILL have it.