Release Date: Dec 21, 2010
Record label: Dirtnap Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Garage Punk, Indie Rock
Ottawa trio White Wires really want you to think they like the Ramones—for starters, there’s that blitzkrieg of an album title, as well as a suggestion to go to the beach, the obligatory pop-punk song about high school and, hell, even an encounter at 53rd and 3rd. And while there’s no doubt that the Wires—singer/guitarist Ian Manhire, bassist/singer Luke Martin and drummer Allie Hanlon—love Da Bruddas, on their sophomore offering, WWII, their flag is firmly, and winningly, planted in the power-pop-class-of-‘79 soil originally claimed by the likes of the Undertones and the Pointed Sticks (yes, it’s a mere half-a-jump from the Ramones to the ‘Tones, but if you keep track of these things, you know there’s a difference). And, as a band that has called both Dirtnap and Douchemaster Records—two of the music world’s chief proponents of modern-day power-pop-punk—home, these Wires know of what they speak.
Front- or backloading an album has been a problem since recorded music was pressed on to full-length albums. Too often, a record will burst out of the gate with amazing momentum, only to peter out in its second half, or vice versa. In the modern age, cherry-picking tracks for playlists has become much easier, in that you only need to nab the first chunk of tunes on albums afflicted with this issue.
Been there, done that is one way to describe the sun-soaked garage-punk heard on The White Wires’ sophomore effort WWII. The Canadian trio of Ian (vox/guitar), Luke (bass/vox) and Allie (drums) dive head first into a playful and melodic, yet somewhat formulaic, mix of sun-soaked garage-punk. The power chords are crisp, executed with a youthful enthusiasm and seasoned with just the right amount of fuzzy pop.