Waiting For Yesterday – ‘Elementary, My Dear Watson’.
Waiting For Yesterday are a band from LA that have just released their brand new ten year old album by the name of – Elementary, My Dear Watson. I promise you that does make sense. The band have been through the hardships of playing “back in the day”, suffering line-up changes and ultimately having to give up on their pursuits as many on the underground scene often do.
However, by late 2015 the band decided to unearth and re-hash these twelve tracks of So-Cal Pop-Punk which eventually led to the album Elementary, My Dear Watson. You never grow out of what you love…
Within the opening notes of ‘Tonight’ you are transported back to the laste 90’s and early 2000’s where Pop-Punk had settled on a playful take on its raw predecessor laid down by the Fat and Epitaph bands who trailed the way. You can still hear the Skate Punk roots and you can’t help but feel thankful for that.
‘Missing You’ sounds akin to yet another cross of classic bands with Strung Out and the Pop-Rock inclined Yellowcard coming to the forefront this time. Two tracks into this “never growing up” album you cannot help but feel maybe waiting so long to release these tracks whether intentional or not was likely the best course of action.
Another aspect of this album that is very much unexpected after the first two tracks at least is the applicability to the now. The band are very much old-school inspired but tracks such as ‘Remembering’ and ‘Only One’ are much more in the vein of modern stalwarts Neck Deep and The Wonder Years to name a just two.
You wouldn’t put ‘One Step Forward, Two Steps Back’ too far away from either the late 90’s or early-to-mid 2000’s as the Pop-Rock/Power-Pop inclinations of the band begin to float to the surface. ‘Keep Me In Mind’ is very reminiscent of vintage Mark Hoppus Blink-182 but at the same time relatively near to the opinion dividing exploits of Busted and all their ilk.
‘Real Heroes’ is the closest the band get to the contemporary Pop-Punk ballad and that is where I shall leave you.
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