Queens’ four piece WIVES have a sound that’s hard to contain. Essentially punk, the band reminds you of acts like The Replacements and in some regards, Mission of Burma. On their new debut album So Removed they bring all of those sounds and more together to draft an album that you won’t soon forget.
The album plays out fairly smoothly. It can be on and just play, though at times it will get loud and it will grab your attention. The opening tones of lead single “Waving Past Nirvana” indicate a punk sound that’s closer to a time when punk was more broad. The talk-sing style employed hits with the haze of instruments lying underneath. The guitar sways, the drums crash, it all works. “Servants” keeps this pace going where the band stays uptempo but doesn’t get poppy. “Whatevr” is clanging, chimey and full of energy. It’s as if the band is playing their own brand of punk while touching on the past where the genre began.
Even with longer running tracks like the dark disco graced “Even The Dead” or the upbeat “Sold Out Seatz” still keep your ears. The songs here are catchy without pop notations, energetic without the harshness of hardcore and yet they’re still essentially punk. The biggest stand out of the eleven songs comes with “Hideaway.” Punchy and snappy, the song reminds you at times of past bands but still treads forward. WIVES definitely carve their own path here, still evoking past notations while standing out at the same time.
So Removed is available for purchase directly from City Slang, it can be streamed wherever you stream music or purchased digitally from wherever you download it. WIVES are on tour beginning November 09 at The Joker’s Pub in Angers, France until November 30 at La Parenthese in Nyon, Switzerland. The band’s complete tour schedule is available here.
Image Credits: Photo by Milah Libin.