‘Graveyard Shift’ is the debut single from Liverpool pop-punk band Waster, from their soon to be released EP ‘Skrwd’. Taking influence from American bands Blink 182, Sum 41 and New Found Glory, Waster aren’t exactly original or groundbreaking. However their energy, enthusiasm, and complete lack of taking themselves seriously is endearing and makes for a very enjoyable release.
Fed up and disillusioned with dead-end jobs, long shifts and doing little else besides working and sleeping, these guys decided to get together and play the music they love. The result is high-octane, high-energy pop-punk music you could be forgiven for thinking came from California, a fact the band appear unapologetic for. To them, they’re playing the type of music that inspired them to pick up instruments in the first place, and who can argue with that?
Filmed in a graveyard, the hilarious music video shows the band performing in black clothes and corpse paint in a parody of black metal. One scene sees a member of the band taking heat from his boss for listening to Cradle of Filth on the job, while another, referencing cult horror-comedy film ‘The Toxic Avenger’ has a pool janitor being harassed by bullies, the victims sporting their satanic facepaint throughout. Lyrically the song covers the same themes, hating their jobs, feeling dead tired and still barely being able to afford to get by.
Overall, ‘Graveyard Shift’ is a catchy as hell tune, with Waster full of energy and having fun doing what they love. I grew up listening to a lot of the same music as them, so there’s a sense of nostalgia for me in this early effort. I look forward to hearing what they have in store on their EP, set for release on May 25th, and would love to see them venture to our shores for some live performances in the future.