Waiger's general style is hard to describe. With each song, your first thought is that sounds just like… but then whatever they’re doing to remind you of someone else they promptly stop. As if to keep you on your toes.
Creating an indie/pop band with a Manchester accent invites numerous comparisons - some good, some not so good - but this band show real promise that they can break these comparisons down and forge forward in the uncharted waters of being original and creative.
Of the four tracks available (at www.overplay.co.uk/waiger) two were thoughtful melodic pieces, and two were balls-out rock tracks. It’s hard to decide which suits the band better and that is what I like about this. The intrigue. The four tracks could all be from different bands, each with their own strengths and weaknesses,
'If You Weren’t There' is a gentle, somewhat drawn-out emotional song, with thoughtful lyrics and relaxing guitars. A slightly more upbeat chorus and the addition of a backing singer make for a strong track. They suffer, however, from slightly dodgy production, and the levels in this song are a bit all over the place. The singing is too forward and the picked out melody rips through in an excessively harsh manner. Despite these discrepancies, this is a likeable song with a catchy chorus and memorable words.
'Reaching Out' follows the same mellow vibe of 'If You Weren’t There'. A dark Manchestery feel is marred by the singer drawing notes out longer than his voice can sustain as such a slightly out of tune feel comes across. The chorus is almost like a gap in the clouds, with a hint of sun shining through before the Lancashire gloom predictably takes over. The song features that all important feature that it is believable and I can actually picture someone singing this on a stage and looking good.
'What Its Worth' follows the two previous tracks like a boot follows a kick in the teeth, it starts off with the slightest hint of what to come when the huge guitar riff kicks in. this all out indie rock track is broken up by a wholly suitable break of clean guitars and slowed lyrics. _“Yeah yeah yeahs” after each break positively reek of Liam Gallagher, but in fairness that probably more the accent than any fault of the band. Regardless of this it all fits together much better that the previous tracks and the production has reached that state of perfection known as “not noticing the production”. ‘Tis good, like!
Following on the rockier theme of 'What Its Worth'. This track fires up with a big pick scrape, big riff, big drums, and excessive cymbal use, but that’s a minor grudge. Urgency in the music is doused by laborious lyrics giving the song the rock n roll swagger so many bands lack today. The catchy beat, again gives the feel of live show and reminds me in strength of Grand Theft Audio. The singing is in places snarling Johnny rotten style, but just holding back, in others singing angelically like a Mark Owen pretty boy.
All in this is a fairly tidy package from a band that has real promise. With a number of upcoming gigs they would certainly be worth going to see.
7James Meehan's Score