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Album Review: Awful Truth by Woes

Edinburgh pop punk band Woes release their debut album Awful Truth on 28th June via UNFD. On the surface this is more than your typical pop punk band with the band embracing their love of pop, hip hop and R&B, and using elements from these genres in their sound. “There is definitely a conscious effort to start expanding our sound, to bring in different instruments and elements that we haven’t used before,” says vocalist DJ, “We love loads of modern hip-hop and RnB, which is something we plan to explore more in 2019. But we still want that pop punk energy live”.

Beginning to sound like the kind of thing we wouldn’t like? You’d be right, it’s pretty awful at times.

Imagine a pop punk version of the most irritating version of Don Broco and you’ve got Woes. The intro track ‘Boy’ is a nonsense, while ‘Fake Friends’ and ‘Fancy’ have the potential to be good pop rock tracks if the “RnB influence” wasn’t repeated shoe horned in.

‘Money Shoe’ is terrible, it’s a throw away pop song. If you’ve never had the misfortune of hearing The Vamps then this is forced ‘edgy’ version of what they sound like. Title track ‘Awful Truth’ follows the same track, before ‘Suburbs’ plays as an emo heavy homage to the cringey pop punk of the early 2000s.

You’d be mistaken if you thought it couldn’t get any worse. ‘Mess’ verges on the humorous because it’s so hackneyed before ‘Cross’ and ‘Gone Forever’ manage to defy logic with how bad they are. The former is Justin Beiber-lite and the latter needs to be listened to simply because it’s admirable how dedicated they are to blending pop punk and RnB. ‘Ugly’ is an appropriate finish to a truly awful album.

AD Rating 3/10

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