It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is already Monday. No, I’m not one of those Monday haters but I am one of those weekend lovers and the weather outside has me wanting this weekend to never end. Sadly, all good things must come to an end but at least I have some amazing music to check out to help distract me including ‘Thanks, You Bastard.’ from Whiskey Pilot.
This EP gets started with “P.V.D.” which instantly seemed to enhance the sunlight coming into my house. There’s something fun and very 90s alternative about this track but also an edge that comes with the lyrics. I was instantly in love with everything about this song and this band. Although a short song (which seems to be a theme throughout this five-song EP), this opening track really lays a solid foundation as far as Whiskey Pilot’s sound, vibe, and overall attitude and it had me so excited for what else would come with this EP.
“Bubbles” quickly slows things down just slightly and brings more emotion to the table. Although this track didn’t hit me as hard as “P.V.D.” did, I loved the tenderness that came with the vocals in this song. Still very 90s infused and very alternative with an edge, I found myself completely captivated by the vocals. There’s something so familiar about them but also so distinct which really seems to be the nail in the coffin as far as Whiskey Pilots setting themselves apart from all of the other bands doing this kind of sound.
A loud burp kicks off “Mickey Mantle” which would probably be enough for some people to just skip this track entirely but I kind of liked the not-so-subtle raunchiness this brought to the table and I feel like it set the stage perfectly for this playful track. Again, like the previous tracks, there’s no denying the power behind this song but, also like the previous songs, “Mickey Mantle” shows off a whole new side of Whiskey Pilot. This side is almost a little more pop-punk with anthemic hooks throughout the track that had me nodding my head along with ease. Although the vocals come through crystal clear on all of these songs, I wish I had had lyric sheets to read along with because there were certain lines in this track that I absolutely adored and I have a feeling that this entire song hits a bit more intensely when reading along to the words.
“304” is the longest track on this EP at just over four minutes long. This one has a more standard rock song vibe to it which, although not bad, just left me a bit underwhelmed. That sounds harsh because it’s not a bad song but I think I am just so in love with the attitude and energy in the previous tracks that this slower-moving track just wasn’t hitting me right. Thankfully, even though the longest track on the album, it seemed to fly by like the others and, before I knew it, “Greeks” was closing out this EP with the sense of power that had me falling head over heels with Whiskey Pilot from the first track. There’s something dancey and ear-wormy about the beats in this track that had me smiling from ear to ear. Although this final track closes out ‘Thanks, You Bastard.’ perfectly, it left me wanting so much more from this band so I couldn’t help but go back and start this journey all over again.
My Favorite Track(s): “Mickey Mantle”
For Fans Of: 90’s Drenched Alternative; Lyrics With an Edge; Infectious an Ear-Wormy Hooks
Mosh-ability: 6 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Both cats slept upstairs
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 6.8 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 7.2 out of 10
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