It doesn’t take long for Aching Waits to jump out of your speakers. From the inaugural guitar lead in “Head North”, you’ll be hooked. And for the next four tracks and fourteen minutes, you’ll get pretty pumped on the solid rhythm laying foundation for the thoughtfully textured dual guitar parts. Then add some catchy yet not over the top vocals, exemplifying just the right amount of throat and emotion.
While the EP’s sound falls under the overarching melodic style of Punk Rock, Reunions has found their own stamp to put on it. With mostly mid-tempo vibes, this is more of a sing along then a ‘get rowdy’ collection of songs. But don’t get me wrong, there is still a sense of urgency and you’ll definitely want to turn this up. The tracks themselves are quite diverse for a four track EP. While Eric tackles most of the vocals, “Deep Red” features guitarist Nate singing and is probably the fastest and most straightforward track. Meanwhile, “Head North” boasts guest vocals from Stacey Dee (Bad Cop/Bad Cop). The rhythmic nature of the title track draws great influence from some of my favorite bands (let’s not name names). The EP closes out with a slower building track that I found to be especially thoughtful from a lyrical standpoint.
I find that the title Aching Waits is an appropriate name for the release. Mostly because I could not wait for this EP to be unleashed into the world after hearing the songs played live at several shows in the band’s native Bay Area. In a few days, the aching will be no longer.
The official record release show is Saturday 1/13 at The Knockout in San Francisco with Pkew Pkew Pkew, Daydream, and The Newports. After that, the band will be making the pilgrimage down to San Diego for their first appearance at Awesome Fest 11.
Aching Waits has been pressed on 12” vinyl that will also include the band’s debut self-titled EP on the second side. Pre-order your copy now!
You can also check out the video for the title track “Aching Waits” below!