Over the coming weeks, Already Heard will be highlighting a variety of bands set to play the Slam Dunk Festival later this month.
12 months on from making their Slam Dunk Festival debut, North West pop-punks WSTR are riding the wave of releasing their impressive debut full-length, ‘Red, Green or Inbetween’, earlier this year. It sees them deliver a set of songs that firmly stick to the pop-punk formula with perfection.
As they prepare to return to Slam Dunk, we asked the members of WSTR to pick out their favourite tunes from the bands they will be sharing the Monster Energy stage with later this month.
Neck Deep – Up In Smoke
Alex (Swift – Guitar): The lyrics throughout this song are quality and very relatable for anyone who has parents trying to push you in one direction when you’re heading the other.
Cute Is What We Aim For – Teasing To Please
Jason (Blackburn – Guitar): ‘The Same Old Blood Rush With A New Touch’ was a stand out album during my high school years and I remember this song distinctively stood out the first time I heard it, it quickly became one of my all time favourite songs.
We The Kings – Check Yes Juliet
Andy (Makin – Drums): This song is super nostalgic and has a huge catchy chorus. It has a young and care free vibe which really matches the lyrics!
The Maine – Same Suit, Different Tie
Danny: When I first heard this on ‘American Candy’, I was immediately drawn in by the really 80’s style intro riff! And of course a super catchy chorus hooks you in again, which has always been what The Maine are just so absolute masterclass at! Really inspiring song and band for me on a whole! I’m so excited to share a stage with these guys at Slam Dunk!
The Movielife – Jamestown
Jason: I discovered The Movielife in my later teen years, I don’t often listen to their records but when I do, I end up listening to them exclusively for a couple of weeks at a time! There are so many huge tracks in their discography but if you were to listen to them for the first time, ‘Jamestown’ is the place to start.
Trophy Eyes – Rain On Me
Alex (Tobijanski – Bass): Absolute insane drumming and has great diversity, also reminds me of a song by ‘Love, Reign o’er Me’ by The Who.
Like Pacific – Richmond
Andy: I could of picked any Like Pacific song because they’re all solid but this one stands out to me because its one of the first ones I heard by them and I really liked the visuals they released for this track.
Neck Deep – Can’t Kick Up The Roots
Alex: Who doesn’t love a song about your literal hometown (Wrexham)?
Cute Is What We Aim For – The Curse of Curves
Danny: This song is absolute nostalgia for me! The vocal melodies on this are insane! I jammed this so hard when I was younger, and I still do now.
Trophy Eyes – Nose Bleed
Alex: There is one big fat groove to this song. A proper one to crank in the car on long drive.
The Maine – Bad Behavior
Danny: My absolute boys again! This song has some of the sweetest hooks and catchiest riffs I’ve heard in a long time! I love the new direction The Maine are going in, it’s so cool to see. I have not stopped jamming their album since it dropped!
Cute Is What We Aim For – Sweet Talk 101
Danny: I picked this song because I think it was actually the first song I ever heard by these guys! I remember my friend showing me and as soon as I heard the guitar at the start of this track, I was hooked. I’m also super excited to share a stage with these guys at Slam Dunk!
‘Red, Green or Inbetween’ by WSTR is out now on No Sleep Records.
WSTR links: Facebook|Twitter|Bandcamp
Slam Dunk Festival 2017 takes place on the following dates:
Sat 27 The NEC, Birmingham
Sun 28 City Centre, Leeds
Mon 29 Forum, Hatfield (SOLD OUT)
Tickets can be purchased here.
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