Release Date: March 18, 2012
Run Time: 18:21
2. Community (feat. MC Amalgam)
3. Four Leaf Chambers
4. Gipsy Road
5. Cracks in the Wall
Now here is a review that’s definitely long overdue. The EP Time Is A Bastard from Will Tun and the wasters. Will Tun and the Wasters are a folk punk band with a lot of ska elements to their music, explicit lyrics, a biography that’s an absolute mess, and some Dragon / Crocodile thing. Needless to say, they are DYI personified, and I love these guys.
The first song on the EP is Community. My initial reaction was, so far so good. It’s definitely an above average politically charged song. One thing that really stood out to me on this track was the guitar riffs. It’s almost as if it was influenced by some Norwegian power metal instrumentals. I’m not exactly sure that’s what they were going for, but it sounds awesome. Another great addition to this track, is that it features hip-hop activists MC Amalgam. Towards the end of the song he has a few lines in which he raps in French. This guy is ridiculous, I strongly recommend checking him out. He sounds really passionate with his rhymes, and adds a lot of flavor to this song.
The next song is Gypsy Road. Wait, what? Gypsy Road? Now, I know what you’re thinking. Don’t worry, it’s not a cover of the 1989 number 51 Billboard US smash hit by the hair band Cinderella. This song is actually really good. It’s got a really nice acoustic opening that sort of sets the mood for the rest of the track. I enjoy the instrumental arrangements, it’s such a tease. You get a hint of banjo and a wee bit of tin whistle, and a brief accordion solo towards the end.
Four Leaf Chamber is such a brilliant song, and easily my favorite from the EP. It’s one of the better love songs I’ve heard this year. It’s got a really nice melody and I just can’t seem to get it out of my head lately. Will has an aggressive voice, and I’d really like to hear how the song would have sounded had he had turned it back a little bit. Sort of like how his voice is at the start of the fourth track, Spanish Wedding. No matter, Four Leaf Chamber is likely going in my top five best singles of the year.
The last song has a really positive and uplifting message. Cracks In The Wall is about coming together and ending fascism and bigotry. The first half of the song is just an acoustic guitar and bass. As for the vocals, Will sounds a bit more mellow at the beginning of this track. It transitions nicely and starts to pick up towards the end. I Should probably mention that there’s an awesome line in the song about slapping Nick Griffin in the face. Give him one for me guys.
I don’t know what it is about the EP’s I’ve listened to this year, but they’ve all been phenomenal. There must be something in the Guinness. Will Tun and the Wasters are currently one of my favorite bands. I think that Time Is A Bastard is a must buy. Also, if you are lucky enough to check these guys out live, do it. Hopefully they start playing larger venue someday.