EP Review: Wilmette - Anxious Body
Mutant League Records
The Chicago area has always been a mecca for great indie rock and pop-punk artists: The Academy Is, Allister, The Audition, Fallout Boy, June, Mest, The Plain White T’s, Real Friends, Showoff, Spitalfield, and the list goes on and on. With the release of their newest EP Anxious Body, suburban Chicago based Wilmette slides onto that list with their brand of modern pop-punk combined with glimpses of early 2000s era emo. Don’t be fooled by the softer vocals that kick off the first 20 seconds of the EP on title track “Anxious Body,” because they’re very short lived. Wilmette quickly kicks things into gear and assaults you with guitars and emotionally fueled vocals that pull you into the song – both signature traits that continue as you press forward. Nearly screamo type of background vocals are introduced on “Carol From HR” and “Where I Sleep,” giving Wilmette a bit of a different, perhaps unexpected, depth from song to song. They close with the lead single “Winter Stay,” which combines all the signature elements into one four-and-a-half-minute package to leave you with a lasting impression that has you wanting more. Catchy, up-tempo melodies and very memorable hooks work together to draw the listener into each song in quite the same way that Taking Back Sunday did on their debut album Tell All Your Friends. Though Anxious Body sounds like a lost EP from the era where Thursday, My Chemical Romance, and the already mentioned Taking Back Sunday were kings, is that a bad thing? Absolutely not! While everyone else seems to try and outdo the past, they often get too experimental and go way outside the box into an artistic territory that most can’t follow. Wilmette doesn’t do that. Instead, they know exactly who they are and where they fit in. So long as they stay their course, then there’s no reason not to think this is the band you need to be keeping an eye on.