Since 2016’s Dumbstruck/Dead Ends, Bristol based punks Weatherstate have kept quiet on the artistic front - teasing only limited material, it's all made for great anticipation about what comes next. Everything comes to a head on new record Born A Cynic, an album that sees their familiar charm paired with more angst than ever before, making for a potent debut full length effort.
Opening single ‘Ghost’ crashes in with force, setting the tone from the off. Clear influences from bands like Green Day, Lit and Millencolin make for a bouncy yet angsty sound. Pop punk riffs and the ‘woe is me’ lyricism literally oozes teenage rebellion; the 90’s punk scene is back with a vengeance.
Despite rarely straying from this formula, Weatherstate continually demonstrate that their brand of punk rock has legs to it; putting a fresh spin on a once thriving, but more recently tired genre. ‘Brain Dead’ screams adolescent nostalgia, with front man Harry Hoskins yelling “Maybe I don’t care who I wanna be, you know it never really mattered to me”.
‘Barely Human’ and ‘Rotten Lungs’ both certainly pack a punch, merging fast-paced drum beats with grunge-like riffs. Hoskins’ vocal style absolutely smashes through these singles, ranging from sharp and punchy to soft yet undeniably pleasing growls. Album highlight ‘Medicate’ is the epitome of punk rock though, pulling together all the generics to make for the perfect summer hit.
Of course it couldn’t be a teenage-tinged release without talks of love and heartbreak. ‘Emma-Lynn’ is soft and smooth, with a huge bop-filled chorus, outpouring feelings of upset and teenage angst. While album closer ‘Cynic’ holds its own attitude; Hoskins vocals take centre stage, and they certainly do not disappoint. A Billie Joe vocal style is apparent, and when paired talks of being an outcast come into play, the song springs into life. Repetition is potentially the only negative to be said for this release, due to the persistent riff and vocal style. Yet, it’s hard to see this as an undesirable quality when it’s executed so well.
Despite such a small discography, these punk rockers sound like they’ve been mastering their sound for years; an undeniably mature sound which carries its own attitude. Weatherstate prove that this genre is still alive and kicking, making for a nigh on perfect summer release.
Score: 8/10 Facebook:/Weatherstate Twitter: @Weatherstate