When it comes to music these days, I tend to talk more about the local scene here in Columbus, OH more than anything. Why is that you ask? Well, because it’s lit as can be. The talent in this city is insane. And it’s just not one genre either but across the board.
Don’t think Columbus is just Twenty-One Pilots, Rascal Flatts, O.A.R, and Beartooth. It’s so much more than that. There are acts that are right on the cusp of breaking out, and then there are ones that are just starting. Those are the ones that truly excite me. One of those is the post-hardcore act, Well Enough, and they are a band to know.
I first came to know of Well Enough last year sometime. I knew their drummer from another band he was in, so I wanted to check out his new band. The first few times I was not that impressed, but then they started getting better and better. At that point I became excited to hear them recorded. And here it is. This release is hard work paid off. These five have crafted an immaculate debut release. The future is bright for these guys.
Old Ways starts with “Run from It.” This is one I knew instantly, as I recognized from seeing them live. It was one of the songs I was looking forward to hearing recorded. Live they kill it, mainly due to the passion that is emitted from vocalist Sean Thanthavongsa. And guess what? Yep, it is just as good recorded. This track very well could be the lead single off this EP. It’s also a good song to start the EP with, as you sometimes need that strong first song I feel, especially if it’s your first release and this is that.
The next track, “When You Left” is a throwback of sorts to that early 2000s post-hardcore that my friends and I loved so much. It has nice sensible vocals, a driving bass line, and an intense breakdown. What more could you ask for?
The next track is another one that I was stoked to hear recorded, as it’s my favorite song to hear them do. Holy cow!!!! They did not disappoint. “Decisions” is such a powerful track in every sense of the word. The subject matter, the music, the energy, and the vocals—everything is on point with this track. If you need a song to start with, I would start here. You truly are going to get an understanding of who this band is.
If you like your post-hardcore with a little groove, they have a track for you. “Mistreated” is a nice little number that you can move to if you choose to. There also is a killer guitar solo included.
They close the EP with “Carried Away.” This is their pop-punk song. It will also get you moving, a little head bobbing if you will. I also really enjoy the transition on this track. It’s a little all over the place, but it works so well—well enough I may even say. Teehee.
A band’s first release is important, as it is an introduction. You want to bring the people in. You want to release a product that pleases. Well Enough has done that. This is a release that is going to also leave fans wanting more; I know I do. I for one am excited about the future of this band, and you should be as well. Get used to hearing and seeing the name Well Enough.