WSTR – Red, Green or Inbetween
Are you a fan of older New Found Glory, Hit The Lights and fun-loving pop-punk? Assuming you said yes (because who wouldn’t), then WSTR’s Red, Green Or Inbetween is the album you will be listening to on repeat. The melodic guitars give you instant feel-good vibes and the rhythm section gives you the energetic beats to have you jumping around while you excitedly sing along.
In typical pop-punk fashion, a lot of the songs have a “breakup” feel to them, to which vocalist Sammy Clifford explains: “The title, Red, Green Or Inbetween is based on being stuck in limbo or in the ‘in-between’. Amber is also the name of a significant friend of mine who most of the songs are about, so it’s a pretty sad boy record. This album is mainly a breakup album however it’s not a ‘fuck you’ album it’s more a ‘mad at myself’ album. It’s all about kicking myself for not stepping up when I had the chance and coasting through life making bad decisions.”
Listening through the album you get so many good feelings from the music that you would never realize it was a “I fucked up” type of album, until you get to songs like “Punchline” and really listen to the lyrics. And then there’s the creative album cover, which Clifford explains: “The artwork is a voodoo doll which is meant to represent me, as I sometimes feel like someone is out to get me with all the bad luck I have.”
One thing is for sure, WSTR have no problem being open and honest with their fans – sometimes coming off a bit blunt – but in a world where so many artists have media training to help sugar coat things it is actually quite refreshing to find a group so real and willing to laugh at themselves along the way. Along with all those emotions, Clifford openly admits to the fear and anxiety that comes along with releasing a full length album, “Compared to the EP, it’s still very honest but just bigger, better and longer. Putting out an album is a big scary step, but it’s been a long time coming and we’re ready to see what the world has to say and hopefully see some more of it too. This band has given us all something to do & to be proud of; like, we aren’t prepared to just settle for a boring, generic lifestyle and we’re doing something about it.”
As seen in the band’s video for “Lonely Smiles”, they’re definitely about having fun. Also depicted is their connection to their fans. While I may not know much about the band (yet) I can guarantee that these are the types of dudes that hang around the merch table and go out of their way to meet each and every fan and try to connect with them on more than just a quick autograph or photo. One thing I know for sure is that WSTR definitely have their hearts in everything that they do with the band and it shows. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of the album for yourself, and why not grab an extra one for a friend that could use more kick-ass music in their lives.