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WATASHI WA DANCE PARTY – ‘Skate Pop Suicide’ EP Review


Watashi Wa Dance PartySan Diego’s Watashi Wa Dance Party are a high energy punk band that have just released their latest EP, Skate Pop Suicide on Hidden Home Records. The band started in 2015 and have been pushing the limits of American suburban punk music ever since.

The six-track EP opens with Daylight where a big and melodious keyboard drives forward a super sunny and powerful punk rock track with echoes of Weezer and bands like Los Campesinos.

The “1,2,3,4” intro to the tight and technical rhythmic rocker, Mio helps launch a skate-pop-punk rock track with some great hooks and helter-skelter licks creating a circle-pit pleaser whilst the computer blips and beats that open Really Over set up a scorching skate-punk effort replete with hard hooks and fast beats.

The lengthiest track, Halle, clocks in at almost four-minutes and it’s a rhythmic rock ‘n’ roller with monster riffs, odd synthesizer elements and sections that have some 1960’s garage punk vibes and others that bounce along with a summery pop-punk feel. The penultimate song, Ruminating hints at some ska but my overall impression was of a punk rock version of The Beach Boys with feel good atmospherics throughout.

The EP closes with My Lava Lamp and the band introduce a fantastic dirty bass lick beginning to launch a technical punk rock track with hints of jazz, garage, skate-punk and post-hardcore influences to create a very satisfying package – oh, did I mention that bass!!!???

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