My HomeBird Attack Records
By AJ Phink
Wraths are, and I’m pretty sure I’m not telling you anything you don’t know here, a Californian quartet that combines members of 1208, The Darlings and most famously Jim Lindberg of Pennywise, whilst the latter of these is the best known member this is by no means a vehicle for Jim Lindberg, the combined talents of the members makes Wraths at least the equal of the individual member’s bands, if not the greater. The My Home EP follows on from their self titled debut album that was released last year, and given a second pressing this year, via Bird Attack Records, and the four tracks contained on this EP indicate that Wraths are very much a going concern.
The EP’s title track is a brutal attack on gentrification, something that is close to my heart, and I would imagine pretty much everyone reading this, as this is a global issue affecting pretty every major city as the character and culture is stripped away in the name of coffee shops, chain stores and unaffordable high rise properties. The punk venom continues with Trusted You which is another barbed attack that has it’s sights set firmly on the abuse of trust that exits in organised religion. and The Beat Goes On continues the assault on universal problems, this time confronting the issue of bullying. This Is My Farewell marks the end to the all too brief My Home EP, and keeps the energy levels off the scale on what for me has easily been Wraths finest release to date.
It feels weird to say this after having witnessed a jaw dropping set by Pennywise at this years Rebellion Festival, but after hearing the My Home EP I’m conflicted as to which outfit I’d rather Jim Lindberg focused his energies on, I’m just hoping that he can manage to keep both going. There’s obviously more than enough on this EP to keep any Pennywise fan happy, but this is not in anyway a side project that repeats the sound of any of the members other outfits. Wraths are very much a separate entity and with the My Home EP they have released their hardest hitting recordings to date.
The My Home EP can be ordered via Bird Attack Records here