Six piece, Chicago based alt-pop-punk group, World War Me, releases their self titled debut album on SharpTone Records (10/6/17) with an anthemic start. Although they were formed in late 2015, they present an emotionally fueled sound reminiscent of early 2000 era work by bands such as, New Found Glory, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance and the like. From the roaring beginning of “The Good Enough” to the docile acoustic closer, “Color Me Sick” World War Me has your attention. I found myself on a nostalgic walk down my (music fueled) high school memory lane. Those who are fans of that era in music will be happy to hear its return in the form of World War Me, with riff and rhythmic driven music with catchy, yet poignant, lyrics. The lyrics will reach out far beyond a teenage fan base with themes like fear of rejection and self worth, issues we typically carry well into adulthood. “Just a hot mess in progress” as stated in “The Good Enough.”
“Fire and Flames” was the debut single by the band and was soon followed up by “Warzone” before developing the album. “Warzone” starts with an orchestral track woven in and won’t be the only time you catch snippets of it on World War Me. All thirteen tracks off World War Me could easily fit mainstream radio (with a few bleeps) and a set on Van’s Warped Tour. High energy tracks like “Break A Leg” and “That’s so Yesterday” are catchy and will keep the crowd jumping and singing along with frontman, Stephen Krypel.
Stephen Krypel seamlessly transitions between his higher register singing on songs like “Escape” to the more gritty and intense vocals of “That’s so Yesterday.” World War Me delivers the musical trifecta with their band, album and 10th track title, driving the point home. So whether you’re like me, listening because you’re trying to tap back into that particular sound, or experiencing it for the first time through World War Me, you won’t be let down.