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WANK – ‘White Knuckle Ride’ Album Review

WANK – White Knuckle Ride

WankOrange County pop-punk vets WANK have released physical CD’s of their brand-new album White Knuckle Ride. WANK formed in 1995 in Huntington Beach, CA and, in 1996, they self-released their debut, Get a Grip on Yourself.

In 1998, following an expedited major label re-release of Get a Grip on Yourself, WANK took their show on the road, touring with The Specials, Goldfinger, Social Distortion, and Warped Tour ’98. The band parted ways with Maverick Records in 1999 and focused on other projects.

In 2000, singer and guitarist, Amodeo was diagnosed with cancer, and after years of treatment, he’s back and rock ready. WANK reunited in 2016, self-releasing their five song EP –On with the Show and, in 2017, added guitarist Higgins X-13, formerly of the Offspring.

Their new album, White Knuckle Ride opens with a jaunty and bouncy ska-infused punker, Remington with huge hooks and melodies with a gritty lead vocal adding to fun. The keyboards that introduce the joyful Blue Skies lead to a reggae/ska track with group backing vocals adding to the melody as the band pump out a stomping track that will put a smile on your face for hours! Salvation manages to keep up the positive vibes as WANK channel Gaslight Anthem and early Elvis Costello with a melodic rocker and Rollin’ On ups the pace a little with serrated riffs, soaring licks and tight beats supporting the harmonies to pump out a pop-punk cracker.

The band return to the reggae/ska genre with yet another positive feel good track with Sweet Music that literally can only be a product of the California sunshine and beaches whereas Believe It blends the upbeat vibes with a pounding ballad style approach with solid rhythmic delivery and soaring chorus!

The eleven-track album continues to dazzle with Shut You Down sounding like Jaya The Cat with a gritty reggae verse meeting huge chorus channelling The Clash and then We Wanna Rock takes on a reggae theme in the spirit of SLF’s version of Johnny Was.  The poppy It Was You drips with melody that wouldn’t be out of place on a Springsteen album before the penultimate song, Won’t Let Go ups the speed to motor along at 150mph but maintains the pop-punk vibe.

The album closes with the ska/reggae belter, Forgiven with huge harmony and big hooks in the spirit of fellow Californians, Smash Mouth. WANK are an accessible, fun, accomplished pop-punk band and this is a darn good release.

Buy it at: http://www.wankusa.com/cd

 

 

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