As larger musicians grow in their craft, they start to have a desire to explore other territories within the music industry. Part of it’s probably for extra revenue and part of it’s to learn new skills in hopes of being less one dimensional, but the large majority of it truly comes from helping others reach their full potential and a wider audience. The Plot In You frontman Landon Tewers is one such artist who is expanding his horizons as he has recently announced a new project, Tribune Music, which will be utilized to push out music from less established musicians. At the forefront of this project is St. Lous, MO metalcore outfit Wide Awake, and with their new release, The Shameless, it’s easy to see why they’re the ones leading the charge.
Within the collective of The Shameless, there’s a familiarity in the elements utilized that will ultimately draw comparisons to The Plot In You. This is more than likely due to Landon Tewers producing the record as well as handling mixing/mastering duties. Fortunately, the familiarities are just that as Wide Awake are able to carve out their own identity, notably found in their innate ability to balance melody with bruising metalcore elements. Neither side overpowers the other throughout the full six track release as the band has seemed to found the perfect balance between the two. “Watch You Drown” is an anthemic song that draws listeners in with its soaring cleans and catchy, harsh vocals, painting clear picture of what to expect from the rest of the EP. Furthermore, the track itself contains one of the catchiest choruses found throughout that will have people singing along without realization. Wide Awake can certainly deliver the heavy side of music though as “Nothing Left” displays an unrelenting, crushing sound that doesn’t let up. The closing track, “Can’t Live Without It” delivers bouncy riffs, catchy hooks and tempo driven, atmospheric moments that once again showcase the outfits innate ability to create heavy and remarkably catchy music.
Preorder on iTunes now. “The Shameless” EP out September 30th.
The Shameless is the perfect representation of a band that’s brimming with potential in the metalcore scene as they blend hard hitting breakdowns with beautiful, melodic elements. That’s why with what Wide Awake present on their newest release, it’s understandably clear why Landon chose them to be at the forefront and showcase what Tribune Music is truly all about. Not only is this a taste of what’s to come from this new project, it’s a sizzling sample of what this current, mostly unknown band is capable of, who will ultimately take people by surprise with their newfound reach.