Tough On Fridays - The Waywards - Stereo Stickman

Tough On Fridays The Waywards


Tough On Fridays have an unexpectedly beautiful sound that creates a vast arena of contrast around you between the thick, distorted energy of the instrumentation and the gentler, characterful and expressive feel of the leading vocals.¬†The Waywards¬†is a brilliantly interesting and enjoyable track that’s a pleasure to have appear within your daily playlist.

The songwriting paints a story before you, involving the leading artist and subsequently the listener in the process. What feels like a pop-rock classic in some instances seems far more like a modern take on Americana in others. The song is varied and interesting, but the set-up is clear – Tough On Fridays have their sound, they fuse genres in a natural, genuine way, and if this song is anything to go by – there’s a lot to look forward to from them over the coming months and years.

The second time you hear this there’s a little less of that surprising element and you just fall for the weight of the opening bars of music and the following drop to the delicacy and openness of the verses. There’s not much to compare this with right now, but in a strange way I was reminded of the likes of Fleetwood Mac – it feels like a rock song but also fully utilises contrast to make it far more of an immersive, memorable and creative experience.

The lyrics are fascinating though there’s a slight feeling of disconnection between lines – the sort that makes you want to listen more than once or twice to really catch it all and to get the story straight in your head. This attribute in itself is way more pop-punk than anything else – another flicker of personality and creative freedom within the band’s sound. It’s a great song, I look forward to hearing more.

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Rebecca Cullen

Founder & Editor

Founder, Editor, Musician & MA Songwriter

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