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Wraths

My Home

Bird Attack Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

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

Wraths Release Stream Of Title Track From ‘My Home’ EP

Wraths_-_My_Home_EPWraths are streaming the title track from their upcoming My Home EP, which is scheduled to be released through Bird Attack Records on September 29th, the first single will be available for download upon purchase, and physical pre-orders will be available from September 15th. Wraths will also play the It’s Not Dead Festival in California on August 26th

My Home can be pre-ordered and the title track is available for streaming here

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Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Added To ‘It’s Not Dead 2’

It's Not Dead 2017Me First And The Gimme Gimmes have been added to the already stacked lineup for It’s Not Dead 2, one of the America’s largest punk rock festivals. It’s Not Dead is returning to Southern California’s Glen Helen Amphitheater on August 26th after a two-year break. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes join previously announced co-headliners Rancid and Dropkick Murphys, plus A Wilhelm Scream, Buzzcocks, Channel 3, The Casualties, Down By Law, The Exploited, The Flatliners, GBH, Good Riddance, Guttermouth, The Interrupters, Kevin Seconds, Mad Caddies, Off!, Runaway Kids, The Selecter, The Toasters, Wraths, U.S. Bombs, Voodoo Glow Skulls and many more

Tickets for It’s Not Dead 2 can be purchased here

It’s Not Dead Festival Returns To California For 2017

It's Not Dead 2017Old and new-school punk rock fans demanded it, and Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman has delivered, It’s Not Dead, one of the country’s largest punk rock festivals, is returning to Southern California this summer, after a two-year break. It’s Not Dead will once again invade the Glen Helen Amphitheater Festival Grounds on Saturday, August 26, with another massive line-up of bands on four stages.

Tickets for It’s Not Dead will be available from 9am on Monday 20th March here

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Wraths Release Second Vinyl Pressing Of Debut Album

wraiths-lpWraths are made up of skate punk veteran Jim Lindberg, of Pennywise, and his band of cohorts, including members of 1208 and The Darlings, they channel the ghosts of punk’s past, combining the dark guitar driven tones of TSOL and Dag Nasty, and the glaring sun bleached angst of the Descendents and Circle Jerks. Wraths debut album was released last April and the first vinyl pressing of their debut album sold out fast, so Bird Attack Records have released a second pressing, on alpine white vinyl. There are only 200 of these in the Bird Attack Records store so if you want a copy you’ll have to be quick

Wraths debut album can be streamed and purchased here

Wraths

Wraths

Self Titled

Bird Attack Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

All Jim Lindberg projects inevitably end up being compared with Lindberg’s punk rock pillar, Pennywise.  But his latest side project, Wraths, looks for inspiration from decades pre-dating the melodic-punk movement of the 90’s typically associated with the rise of Pennywise.  In fact, Wraths simply doesn’t lend itself for much of a comparison.  The project is largely based on jarring, disjointed, and abrasive time signatures that jump to and fro with little regard for the melody typically associated with Lindberg.  He even trades his smooth vocals for a vicious bark with teeth as sharp as daggers.  Better comparisons reside with the 80’s punk movement, and the boisterous calls to arms that comes with referencing Black Flag and Dag Nasty.  The result might be unsettling for Lindberg’s fans, but certainly achieves a sense of sonic upheaval reflective of the lyrical content.

Right from the start, opener “Oh God” lurches jarringly to life.  Perhaps intended to jolt the audience out of any sort of passive listenership, Lindberg rattles off a grim descriptor of life as we know it.  Accompanied by dark, guitar-driven angst and bursts of thumping bass, the band makes no apologies for their brazen ways.  “You’re a loser, we’re all losers… I’m in the back of the line and I’m doin’ fine,” asserts Lindberg of our societal positioning in the rat race of which we are all a part of (“Back Of The Line”).  Abstaining from participation in this destructive cycle marks Wraths’ defiance, but as “War Drums” further suggests, such actions are equally as isolating as per the ominous chorus line, “lost and alone in the unknown.”  Taken together, the tracks both compliment and contrast with one another in their abrupt nature and lightening quick runtimes (most clock in around a minute and thirty seconds).  While most Pennywise tracks harmonize into sweeping album arcs, Wraths embrace and thrive on a wholly disjointed delivery.

At under 25 minutes, Wraths offer a succinct introduction to a forceful but familiar style.  Make no mistake about it, Wraths is not for the faint of heart, and is certainly geared towards fans of abrasive punk that embraces frayed edges.  Within the context of Lindberg’s career, Wraths earns its keep by starkly defining itself against his legacy work in Pennywise.  Whereas other Lindberg projects like Black Pacific were short lived likely due to melodic similarity, Wraths is its own beast with a wild roar entirely its own.  Here’s to hoping we hear more from Wraths down the line.

Wraths Stream 3 Songs

WrathsOver the holidays, the good folks at DyingScene streamed 3 new songs from Wraths, the new project of Pennywise front man Jim Lindberg.  

Listen to the three tracks here and read the accompanying interview to find out what is in store for Wraths.

   

Jim Lindberg’s New Project WRATHS Releases Debut Track

Wraths, the new project of Pennywise front man Jim Lindberg, has premiered their first song.  

The track is titled “Oh God” and can be heard below.

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