The first day back after a long weekend is always the hardest. I’m struggling over here but I’m determined to find some new music to help me get through this quick but surely rough week. Will Tripper and the Wild Things’ new EP ‘Boomerang Kids’ but just what I’m looking for?
As soon as the title track, “Boomerang Kids”, took over my speakers, I was in love. Although I honestly wasn’t super impressed by this track the first time I heard it a couple of weeks ago, it was hitting all of the right spots tonight. There’s a tinge of retro-rock drenched in a very fun indie-pop sound with a little bit of an alt-rock edge to it. Everything about this song is just a wee bit playful from the vocals to the fun little intricate guitar parts that come in and out throughout this opening track. I don’t know if I was just in a bad mood the day I heard this track the first time or what but I was in love and I can’t wait to see what the other four tracks of this EP have in store for me.
“Cult” has a very garage-rock style to it which I instantly fell head over heels for. This was an instant favorite of mine just because of that and the infectiousness of the beat in this second track. At just under five minutes, this is the long song on this EP but it definitely doesn’t feel like it. Somehow this band kept me engaged throughout the length of this track without having any major shift in style throughout the song. This just attests to the talent that Tripper and the Wild Things have. They have a sound that they absolutely stick to but they make sure to keep things feeling fresh and keep them from feeling redundant in any way.
Grunge-tinged indie-pop is the name of the game when it comes to “Picture of the Sun”. I won’t say I was surprised to get an almost 90’s grunge vibe from this band but I think I was a bit surprised by just heavy it’s laid on in this track. Don’t get those words twisted though, like the previous tracks, this song is perfect and still distinctly that of Tripper and the Wild Things but it’s a different side of the same coin and I loved this side. This track was sadly super quick and, after just two minutes and ten seconds, it was over and “Juno” had taken over my house.
“Juno” slows things down and brings a more acoustic vibe to the table which I found absolutely beautiful. Although I’ve loved the vocals throughout these songs, I feel like I finally felt the full weight of them in “Juno” and it is gorgeous. There’s a sense of soul and passion that gave me chills throughout this song. Although I wasn’t in the mood for slow and steady tonight, this track hit the spot and I found myself zoning out throughout this song and just trying to take it in word by word.
Honestly, I think “Juno” would have been the perfect closer for this EP but Tripper and the Wild Things had one more trick up their sleeve. “Drive All Night” is a powerful and anthemic track that really acted as an exclamation point to a great EP. There was a bit of a more punk edge to this track that made it another instant favorite of mine and instantly made me wish there had been more aggressive-ish tracks like this one sprinkled throughout this EP. Oh well, I guess that just means I’ll have to spend some more time digging into some more releases from this band!
My Favorite Track(s): “Cult”; “Drive All Night”
For Fans Of: Grungey Retro Garage Rock; Energy; Infectious Beats
Mosh-ability: 6 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie laid in the living room; Autumn slept upstairs
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 7 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 8 out of 10
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