Each week Vulture Hound picks a new artist you should definitely be checking out. This week, Nicholas explains why Chicago pop-punk band, Wayside Story deserves your absolute attention.
“No one ever accused us of being adults” booms the tagline of the Chicago based pop-punk band Wayside Story; a four piece outfit combining fun, fury and fantastic lyricism from the “Windy City”.
Wayside Story’s most recent release, Young Adult Fiction EP has made more than just a ripple in a pond full of pop punk/easycore “big fish” since its release in 2016.
The album opens up with a fast paced track called ‘Let Go’ that rocks very much like old school Autopilot Off. It tells the youthful tale of growing up in a boring town; searching for something to do while looking towards the future and the glory it may bring. Until one day, you unexpectedly realise you’re much older and the happiest times were the ones existing in those simple moments. It’s a totally relatable start to an incredibly relatable record.
Standout track, ‘Snake Eyes’ gets poppy but stays completely kindred to the best and the brightest of those late 90’s Epitaph and Fat Wreck Chords punk bands; inventively paying homage while maintaining an identity that is all its own.
Penultimate track, ‘Fear and Loathing in Suburbia’ is a track that could make any pop punk aficionado reach for the “repeat” button, while final song, ‘One Day’ proves that not all pop punk is created equal. Boasting intelligent song structure and better lyrical sense than most, it shows that you can dance around to this kind of music without ever going through the same motions over and over.
Wayside Story is currently Chicago’s best kept secret that everyone should start passing around. When bands go out of their way to give you an affordable gem such as this, it almost seems criminal to pass it up. All of which leaves just one question…
Why are you still reading when you could be listening?
Download Young Adult Fiction now via the band’s official Bandcamp.