Written by Maria Arroyo
The alternative rock trio, Waxflower, shares their new EP, We Might Be Alright, out now via Rude Records.
The alternative rock trio signed with the European record label in 2020, of whom has worked with Saves The Day, Gideon, Blood Youth, and Sleep On It. Jumping right back into the studio, they were able to work with Stevie Knight (Stand Atlantic, Yours Truly, The Dead Love) to bring this 5-song EP to life.
“The name ‘We Might Be Alright’ is a representation of this, but there is more to the full product. The writing of the EP happened alongside me overcoming my crippling anxiety and panic disorder. Although that was a net positive, it came with the new challenge of having to shed the way I saw and projected myself due to those struggles. I had to replace my anxious life with a ‘normal’ one,” explains frontman Tristan Higginson. He continues, “This was scary to me because although my time living in the grasp of my anxiety was horrible, it led to this band, the songs, the tours that would eventually help me to overcome it. It’s the reason why shows like The Voice focus on the sob stories more than the singing. It’s an interesting part of the human experience, and there is a part of me that thinks we’re only valid in our scene if we continue brooding. It’s something that I’m still coming to terms with, and this EP catalogues these thoughts in each track.”
Their opening track, “Again,” is fun and catchy, with a ton of energy. They play off of each other’s vocals incredibly well and deliver the intensity and excitement of the song to a whole new level. Here’s their music video for their opening track, “Again.”
Their next song “Not Alone” screams punk and alternative rock, which is nostalgic for me as this reminds me of music my dad used to play for us when we were growing up. While it’s rooted in similarity, they still manage to keep it fresh with their perspective and execution of the song.
“This is our first cohesive release. I think it’s a perfect representation of what we’ve learned over the last year or two as well as the experiences I’ve had along the way. Hopefully people can resonate with its optimism, the world surely needs some right now,” Higginson notes.
“Food For Your Garden” is an interesting one. While the title of this song is kinda quirky and ambiguous, the song is catchy with an odd sense of familiarity. This was a little favorite of mines, and I hope you’ll enjoy their music video for this track as well.
My favorite track on the We Might Be Alright EP is “Fake Frown.” It’s the perfect balance of soft and sweet, with their edgy sound and energy. The vocals tiptoe the line of angsty pop vocals and modern alternative rock vocals, which is pretty neat. They blend quite a few genres in this track, which is why I think I grew to my number one spot for the EP.
Waxflowers closing track “We Might Be Alright” couldn’t have fit better for the ending. It really played to their diversity as musicians and songwriters, which I really loved. They really pushed to make this a diverse project without sacrificing their angsty alternative rock sound.
Overall, I really loved this record, and truly made for a great and enjoyable listen! Great job guys!
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