Ways Away is a brand new supergroup comprised of some renowned musicians, well-known for being an integral part of some legendary pop-punk and hardcore punk bands for decades. The group consists of Sergie Loobkoff (Samiam, Knapsack, Racquet Club, Solea) on guitars, Jesse Barnett (Stick to Your Guns, Wish You Were Here) on vocals, Ian Smith (Racquet Club) on bass guitar, and a drummer Jared Shavelson (Paint It Black, None More Black, BoySetsFire). Like in their previous incarnations, these profoundly experienced musicians are sticking to the sound they become famous for, but in a much delicate form that entirely fits the contemporary melodic punk rock scene.
Their debut self-titled full-length consists of ten beautiful melodic punk rock numbers that will please even the pickiest fan of this particular genre. The album was announced by a single named Halfway Open and by the two editions of The Stay Home EPs, each edition carrying two compositions from the upcoming album. Right with the first beats of this record, you may hear similarities with Samiam, Solea, Racquet Club, and Knapsack. However, this material leans towards a contemporary indie sound that has become quite popular over the years. Nevertheless, Ways Away are not escaping from some modern melodic hardcore hooks that are delivering even more delightful moments throughout the album. The album levitates somewhere between all these elements and liberates enough sonic delicacies to satisfy both admirers of emotive indie rock and dedicated listeners who’re looking out for mellow melodic punk rock music.
The guitars are delivering profoundly melodic sonic clusters, fully stacked with emotiveness, melancholy, and nostalgia. Guitars are dueling for polyphonous dominance throughout the complete album, resulting in appealing thematics that will remain memorable for a very long time. The entire album provides a profound exploration through emo, indie, pop-punk, and delicate melodic hardcore sound. However, elements of melodic hardcore are only notable through diverse accentuations and rhythmical maneuvers. The bass guitar punches right between the eyes with warm-sounding low-end tones. Basslines are thoughtfully composed to fit the melancholic atmosphere provided by both guitars. Tight drumming performance provides enough drive to these numbers, and exceptional dynamics, accentuations, and other acrobatics are keeping continuous moderate tempo entertaining for a while. Jesse’s vocals are liberating another layer of melancholy over all the abovementioned orchestrations, and his voice perfectly fits the music of Ways Away.
This debut album represents a fine line between emo, indie, melodic punk rock, and you’ll fall in love with this recording if you’re a fan of their previous incarnations. Perhaps there’s a strong resemblance with Samiam, Solea, Knapsack, Racquet Club, but Ways Away are leaning more towards contemporary music trends, and their mellow sounding tunes are overwhelming the listening apparatus with some beautiful melodies. The album comes on vinyl, and you can choose between a couple of visually appealing variants. Head over to Other People Records and pick up your favorite one.