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AND THE WASTERS – ‘State of Repair’ E.P Review

AND THE WASTERS – State of Repair E.P

and_the_wastersFrom Bristol, England come And The Wasters. In keeping with that cities creativity, the band produce a unique blend of folk-punk-ska with some hints of jazz. Their new EP, State Of Repair, was released on March 12th and it’s a great listen.

Over the past five years the band have honed their sound, touring festivals, squats and playing gigs. Their sound includes the usual instruments of a punk/ska band with added accordion and violin suggesting a slight gypsy punk feel. Opening the five track EP with Lion’s Share, And The Wasters immediately tackle the listener head on with a ska-driven, lyrically political classic. I loved every minute of the track with its neat trumpet solo, great vocals and dance your boots off approach.

Next up is Small Victories where a melodic guitar is backed by brass approach and a different vocal – if you could blend Culture Shock and Chumbawamba then you’d come somewhere close to the sound of And The Wasters on this song – some folk, some ska, some gypsy…excellent!

Reduce, Reuse, Rebel! (great song title that!) is the half way point of the EP and the aforementioned accordion introduces an eastern European romp that moves into a punk rock chorus with a chant of “Capitalism is killing us all” (True ‘dat!)

The next track, Bound As One has a Latin/Samba approach with yet another vocal take and I can only imagine how good And The Wasters are live. Ending with Dub Intro the EP produces some reggae/dub replete with trumpet and violin solo and it left me wanting more from one of the best releases of the year so far.

And The Wasters live by their community message and beliefs, being active within a fertile DIY music scene and community in the UK and beyond, lending support to various causes, performing in squats and social centres. Through their music and action, they aim to support an independent network of artists, venues and spaces, seeking to exist beyond the sole motivations of profit. That’s what punk rock is all about.

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