Pop-punk just isn’t a genre you see many fifty-year olds playing. It’s made by young people for young people. Such is the case with Greatest Hits EP by Wet Beach. The band sings about topics people in their late teens and early ’20s will relate to.
The band is from Germany and I can’t say I know how popular pop punk was in the country but apparently popular enough for the band to break up and come back a year later. Greatest Hits EP is exactly what the title indicates. The band put together their best five songs.
Their songs are about as pop-punk as you can get. They stick to signature tropes that bands like Blink 182 have made popular. As far as the genre goes I can say that they do it justice. Suffice it to say if you are a fan of the genre you will love this. If you aren’t this won't convert you.
The title and lyrics of the first song alone is something that feels like it is coming from a younger generation. They open with “Drunken Bitch” which pretty much revolves around being drunk, young, jealous, frivolous and hopelessly romantic. The same thing can be said about “Bloody Nervous” where the vocalist sings about trying to get laid. As the EP progresses with “Dumb,” “Transcript Of My Feelings When I Lost You” and “Life’s a Beach.”
Overall, there is isn’t much distinction between these tracks especially upon first listen. They are all anthemic with catchy choruses and they have a similar palette of sounds. I’d say as far as pop-punk goes they have done their homework and are one of the better bands doing this style at the moment. Recommended
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