The Wednesday Club – ‘Dry Humps’

The Wednesday Club – ‘Dry Humps’

For fans of the heavier indie rock experience, the album ‘Dry Humps’ may appeal to your taste. Formerly from Leeds, although they are now scattered around the UK, the album is the 7th release of ‘The Wednesday Club’.

‘The Wednesday Club’ consists of three singer/songwriters, who claim to bring a set of individual skills to the table. Despite having three different perspectives on indie pop, the band agree on a collective value; ‘the clever and the stupid are equally valid methods of expression’, in the words of the band members themselves. What this pretentious garbage actually means can be left to interpretation.

To give credit where it is due, the album is most certainly diverse. The opening track, ‘West Facing Casino’, is aggressive and heavy, falling into a more typical category of indie rock. However, any sense of normality and convention quickly spirals after this song. ‘Collar The Dogs’ sounds like a tribute to the lovechild of Nirvana and Wheatus. ‘Sleepers’ is an upbeat song with some funky fingerpicking. ‘Buzzards, Gizzards 1983’ takes a leap of faith into the cruel territory of punk; apparently, it paid off, being one of the best tracks on the album. Heavy use of the whammy bar on ‘Koma/4:30am’ gives the band a psychedelic tint, which works well. Lyrically, ‘Dry Humps’ is strong, with some cleverly worded lines.
At first, I wasn’t struck with an immediate like for the band. ‘Dry Humps’ certainly finishes stronger than it starts, with the last five tracks being superb. The first seven? Not so much. Finishing on a high with a song named ‘The Flood’, it very slightly tilts my opinion to be a favourable one. Its credibility lies in its diversity, which is it’s only unique selling point compared to the other albums of 2013. All in all, it’s listenable. 6.6/10
Jamie Morrell

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