Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Album Review: Person Up/Mess by Woahnows (by Emma Prew)

At the end of February, Plymouth-based pop punks Woahnows released a new double A-side single on Specialist Subject Records. The tracks were self-produced by the band at a place called Livewire in Saltash, Cornwall, which is an independent youth music charity and where Tim Rowing-Parker, Woahnows’ singer and guitarist, works. (Check out Livewire here – they do great things.)

The first track, Person Up, kicks off with a loud jangly guitar riff that I now can’t get out of my head. The first line of the song ’Cause I wanna, wanna, wanna, wanna tell you so bad is also infectiously catchy. The song is about not believing in the need to ‘man up’ (see what they did with the song title there?) and be a tough guy. Guys get emotional at times too and that’s alright. In the middle and again towards the end of the song there are more of the jangly guitar and some uhh oohhhs that I can very clearly picture Tim performing live on stage – I think he’s second to Giles from Great Cynics in looking super happy when he performs live.

The second song, Mess, is slower than the first and has an overall more melancholic sound. With repetition of the line It’s such an honest mess, Mess is a song about falling out of love with someone. It hurts to admit it but you know it’s not going to work out, which I’m sure is something a lot of people can relate to. The song features an awesome little distorted guitar solo in the middle which, again, I can’t wait to see live.

Both songs are pretty short at under 3 minutes each – although I guess that’s pretty standard in the world of punk rock. Despite the fact that the songs are about dealing with some tough times, Person Up and Mess are dynamic and catchy – which seems to be something that Woahnows do very well. 

The band are going to be supporting The Smith Street Band, along with Apologies, I Have None, on their UK tour in July and they will also be at Manchester Punk Festival in April. I will be catching them at both (twice for TSSB, in fact!) and you should too.

Additional comment: The album artwork is awesome.

You can stream and download Person Up / Mess here: https://specialistsubject.bandcamp.com/album/person-up-mess

Or buy the 7” from Specialist Subject Records here: http://specialistsubject.limitedrun.com/products/567482

And like Woahnows here: https://www.facebook.com/WOAHNOWS/