Reviews Wildhoney Seventeen Forever

Wildhoney

Seventeen Forever

Demonstrating on their 2013 self-titled EP that they may be the modern group that best replicates the sound of classic, British shoegaze bands (particularly, Isn’t Anything-era My Bloody Valentine), Baltimore five-piece Wildhoney returned with 2014’s three-track Seventeen Forever. Showing off new vocalist Lauren Shusterich as well as more confident songwriting, the EP kicks off with the calming “Seventeen.” Guitarists Joe Trainor and Dave Litz deliver distorted background parts and tinny, warm melodies over bassist Alan Everhart’s ragged and growling bass, while Shusterich’s dreamy vocals make this song quite catchy with lyrics that fit perfectly into the musical base. 

“Get Out of My Dreams” is a more punchy, uptempo song that incorporates similarly intricate melodic construction and the more driving album finale “Soft Bats” positively glows when warm vocal harmonies show up during the chorus. The odd jingle-jangle of discordant, unconventional counter-melodies happening in these tracks speaks to the fact of how musically-savvy and open to experimentation Wildhoney is even this early on in their career. All things considered, this band is doing the neo-shoegaze thing better than most groups that have been trying for years and I couldn’t be more excited to hear their future releases.

8.0 / 10Andy
Advertisement
KFAI - Roar of the Underground
Leave a comment

8.0 / 10

8.0 / 10

Share this content
Advertisement
KFAI - Root Of All Evil
Recent reviews

Spirit Adrift

Divided By Darkness

9.0 / 10 Spirit Adrift - Divided By Darkness album cover

Spirit Adrift may have only been a band for five years or so, yet their output has been consistent (Divided by Darkness is their third full length since 2016) and it’s ...

Big Eyes

Streets Of The Lost

8.0 / 10 Big Eyes - Streets Of The Lost album cover

In the past I’ve described Big Eyes as half-punk, half-classic rock in a Cheap Trick vein. It’s concise and punchy like punk, but the energy relies on more traditional rock hooks. It’s ...

ASHRR

Oscillator

5.0 / 10 ASHRR - Oscillator album cover

Encompassing all of the most salient aspects of 80s synth pop, with clear nods to Talking Heads and New Order, LA trio ASHRR's debut album is a nostalgic but not particularly convincing first ...

x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.