RYL: Your new EP “SKRWD” will be released by the beginning of september, which is the main challenge that you encountered while recording it? What does it mean for you, lyrically speaking?
WSTR: I wont lie, the lyrics in “SKRWD” are everything you would expect from a ‘cliche’ pop punk EP and we’re fine with that. We will never pretend to be something we are not.
Most of the lyrics consist of ‘leaving your home town’ ‘moving onto better things’ ‘ditching your shitty job’ ‘break ups’ ‘friends’
RYL: Tell us everything about the song “South Drive”
WSTR: Even though “South Drive” sounds like it’s about a girl it’s not. It’s about the negative person i was slowly turning into in my small town of Wrexham where I could feel myself getting stuck in a rut not doing what I wanted to do with my life.
“South Drive” is the street i now live on in Liverpool where I came to meet the “WSTR” dudes and i’m glad I did. Things are turning out pretty well.
RYL: Is there a common meaning/theme between all your songs?
WSTR: Most of it is about moving on, bettering yourself. Being whiney little bitches basically.
RYL: who gave you the best advice in your career?
WSTR: We are extremely lucky with the friends and team we have behind us. It would be too hard to say as we get very important advice that helps us grow daily.
We have also had a lot of kind words and advice from some pretty awesome bands who have a lot more experience than us which has helped a lot.
RYL: how do you, usually, write the lyrics and music of your songs?
WSTR: It mostly comes from voice clips on my iPhone. Little riffs and ideas that then get played out and put together.
It’s cool because we all have a hand in writing different parts, ‘Kieran’ our drummer has had a hand in writing some of the main riffs in this EP.
RYL: What is behind the verses of “Graveyard Shift”?
WSTR: The verses in “Graveyard Shift” are about some factory i was working in back in Wrexham. 12 hour shifts wasting away not doing what I wanted to with my life at all.
It’s about breaking out of your routine that people can so easily fall into and giving something that you are passionate about a go.
RYL: Which is the most important thing for you while doing music?
WSTR: I just loop the track over and over again. My lyrics and melodies will change time again. It’s quite rare that I ever come up with something that is like ‘BOOM thats the one’ some songs have had like 5 choruses.
RYL: Which is the best verse you ever wrote?
WSTR: I don’t know about the best as I would prefer outside listeners to be the judge of that but I think the verses in “Graveyard Shift” are possibly the most relatable.
A lot of people must know what it feels like to fall into a job that they hate.
RYL: Which is the last song you wrote (not published yet)?
WSTR: We are constantly writing.
We wrote a song about 3 days ago that we are pretty stoked on. Best we have ever written in my opinion but I don’t think I am allowed to unveil anymore of it than that sorry guys :p.
RYL: your tour project this summer?
WSTR: We go out on a uk tour in September on the 8th just after “SKRWD” drops. We are going out with “Best Years” who have become good friends of ours, starting out around the same time we are both at a similar level so it’s always cool to share progress with them and they are a lot of fun.
Plus we are both from up north so we have the banter. We’re all stoked on it, should be fun hopefully see you there.
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