When Ships Collide - WSC III Review

Over the course of late 2015 and early 2016, When Ships Collide has spent their time sharing three EPs, all of which are well worth the listen – but, especially their most recent addition, WSC III

Released on June 8th, WSC III is Mom Approved™ (seriously, my Mom really liked these songs) and definitely Hook recommended. WSC III is the final installment in the three-part EP series, and culminates the collective sounds that are explored throughout the other two EPs.

The Philadelphia rock band includes Troy Kominiak (guitar & vocals), Toddy Selby (bass & vocals) and Jake Detwiler (drums & drums) to create what makes up When Ships Collide – and can I gloat about how impressive their sound is for a three-piece rock band? I did it anyway.

WSC III is an enjoyable collective of music, one that sincerely highlights some old school alt rock sounds; sounds that I remember hearing as a kid – Bruce Springsteen, Buddy Holly, The Ramones, Billy Joel, & even Freddie Mercury. Maybe that was why my Mom really liked these guys, or maybe it was simply because this is really great music. Stuff you can move too, that tells a story – not only lyrically, but instrumentally as well.

The pairing of vocals, which between Kominiak and Selby are indescribably unique, guttural, and throaty paired with the upbeat, classic rock instrumentals that makes for a listen that isn’t comparable to any band I’ve reviewed thus far. 

Like, these guys are really stinkin' good ok.

  Artwork: Andrew Shearer

Artwork: Andrew Shearer

WSC III Tracklist:
1. Wrong Again
2. Rave On
3. Can You Blame Me?
4. What's Your Plan?

The EP includes 4 tracks (as seen above), one of which a Buddy Holly Cover, “Rave On,” which really sets the mood for the EP. Meanwhile, opener "Wrong Again," is the culmination of what the WSC project seems to be - this track really captured the overall vibe of what When Ships Collide was working with over the course of these EPs. 

Honestly though, each of these tracks was stellar, and I have a feeling they'll be on repeat for the rest of the month.

I was sincerely impressed by the way in which this EP moved, where each track used similar techniques with vocal work, but the songs are not tiring or annoying with repetition or similarities. Instead, they played off of one another for impeccably smooth transition without losing the listener along the way.

Instrumentally, vocally, and lyrically, When Ships Collide is bringing a pretty extensive, exciting game to the table. Their sound is perfected, nostalgic, and perfect for drinking milkshakes to (I imagine).

Rating: 9.5/10

Definitely check out When Ships Collide, check out WSC III as the final installment in their EP series, and check out their other music as well. You can't go wrong with these guys, so start doin' right by taking a peek at their links below.

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