The Wellbred Bastards is a three-piece band from Duesseldorf, Germany. After playing in other local bands they formed in 2013. Their self-titled debut EP The Wpellbred Bastards is a hard-rock record with sounds reminiscent of Offspring or even old school rock n’ roll bands like ACDC. Their sound is definitely loud and in-your-face with screeching vocals and aggressive drums and electric guitars.
The album starts with “Hurt Your Soul” which is as aggressive as its name suggests. The song begins at full throttle with fast paced drums and a whole lot of rock n’ roll. The vocals are loud and almost screaming at points, but fit with the intensity of the music. The lyrics are accusatory but fun, “You’ve lost your soul, you’ve lost your rock and roll.” Overall, I enjoyed the song and was looking forward to the rest of the album.
“Into the Sun” had a little slower tempo and was more melodic. The vocals sounded a little muffled to me compared to the first song but it wasn’t too distracting. “Shooting Gun” had a very similar vibe as the previous song with a little more understated vocals with more enunciation in the verses that gave it a slightly more mellow vibe. It gave off more of a punk feel than rock and I liked it.
The standout song and total shocker of the album was “Get Away.” It has a completely different sound than the first three songs, so different that I had to make sure I was still listening to the same band. The vocals were much more understated, no screaming or screeching, and I could actually hear the quality in the voice. The track had much more of an indie rock vibe. The first verse actually reminded me of Weezer with its eclectic, almost whimsical melody. The song was multidimensional and felt like it had so much more heart and energy than the other songs. It made me wonder about the story behind it, like if they had put more time and effort into it than the others. It felt much more complete.
I was expecting more of that same Indie vibe with the next song “Break Out” but it was more of the hardcore rock and screeching vocals of the first tracks. I don’t dislike this style, I was just a little confused at this point. The difference in the two sounds is so staggering that it’s hard to understand their intention. The final track “Dissident” had a little bit of the “Get Away” vibe. The vocals were more of the understated style in some parts but definitely still had the hard rock sound.
The Wellbred Bastards’ debut EP is fun and full of rock n’ roll. I have to say that I enjoyed the sound and feel of “Get Away” the best out of all the tracks and wish there was more of that quality on the album. As the band evolves their sound, I hope to hear more of that originality in future EPs.
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