Wailin Storms – Sick City (2017)

Wailin Storms

Sick City

Atena Krzyku

Gentlemen, if you’re reading this review right now, then I apologize for its late arrival. I just noticed that there were approximately twenty-five records from last year that had slipped my mind and this was one of them. Thankfully, it’s a good performance that needed proper promotion. Like sludge mixed in with melodic indie rock and a little bit of classic punk, there’s something about these guys that just doesn’t equal out to other bands that I’ve heard. Are you a fan of Beastmilk, Grave Pleasures or Killing Joke? Then you’re going to love what is being done here. The record still manages to come off like Killing Joke at their most doomy, but let me as you this – when do we get that kind of sound? Even Killing Joke seems to have went back into their electronic era for Pylon (which was a blast, don’t get me wrong – even the bonus cuts were fantastic) but if you’re looking for a slightly dirtier edge, then Wailin Storms have you covered.

If opener “Hurricane Trash Wave” doesn’t do it for you and even after “Irene Garza” you’re not feeling it, then maybe you need to check out the slower, groovy nature of “Night of Long Nights” which even has a sort of gothic vibe. You’ll never see it coming either, which just goes to prove how much potential these guys have. But not to be some great indie act, because Wailin Storms is so much more than that. Wailin Storms should have been the next big thing a few years back, and I blame the state of modern music journalism as one of the many reasons that they aren’t. I mean, as much as I like Ghost, I would rather hear about newer bands like this instead of an act that I’m quite familiar with. Even fans of the Misfits can get into this, which means that people who dug the last Doyle might also want to give it a try. Furthermore, when I listen to a song like this, I wonder why it couldn’t have been used on a television program. There are dozens of programs on Netflix and Hulu these days, and I just see a jam like this working perfectly in the background of some edgy action drama. I seriously think that these directors/producers need to stop picking musicians out of a hat and start actually asking people in the music industry what would go best with their programs.

Wailin Storms is a staticy mess of doom, sludge, noise and indie rock with a classic punk frontline to top it all off. There are just so many people that would dig these guys, but I just don’t think the promotion level is anywhere even close to where it should be. In any case, if you enjoyed what you’ve read so far, then you’ll probably want to pick up this album as well as the previous one. There’s just no doubt in my mind that Wailin Storms have talent and could really be something – if someone cared enough to give them that chance. This is what I consider real music, after all. Check it out at the link below.

(7 Tracks, 33:00)

8.5/10

Purchase HERE (Bandcamp)

8.5

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