Fresh from signing to Greyscale Records this month, Melbourne’s five-piece alternative rockers Stuck Out are preparing to go full swing with their new EP set to be released on the 9th of February. You Won’t Come Home is a five song collection that the band has put together with a purpose. As vocalist Joshua Walker asserts, this release aims to solidify a sound that is unique to the band, push musical boundaries by releasing a single that differs from their previous content, while correspondingly remaining true to their musical identity.
The opening track, titled Stitch, begins with a quick guitar riff and drum beat introduction, immediately getting down to business and hooking the listener with an energetic starter. The eloquently strained vocals that follow right after and remain for the duration of the song set the mood of the record, perfectly managing to create a juxtaposition of a joyous sounding track while the lyrics speak of feeling like “just an empty shell that’s filled with fear”. The bass line that makes an appearance at the end of the first chorus effortlessly ties in the whole song, which displays a heavy pop-punk influence. Although the track is not lengthy, it is still, without doubt, an enjoyable and up-beat opener.
Self-Doubt follows swiftly, opening as well with a notable guitar riff and a mildly aggressive tone to the vocals that accompany it. This track moves quickly into a fast-paced beat, and while sound-wise it has elements that resemble its predecessor, the drum beat pattern and ongoing riffs that make up the instrumental background give this track an entirely different identity. The stacked vocals near the end of the song create a harmonious bridge that flawlessly guide the listener towards the end of the song, that closes off with a strong, vocal-only finish as the rest of the instruments drop out.
Following a cliff-hanger illusion that leaves you eager to hear more, Grin once again follows the guitar riff and drum opening of the previous songs. Without a doubt, the boys from Stuck Out are easily remaining true to their musical identity. Once again, this track has similarities to the previous two, and it is worth mentioning that this EP has not had a drastic sound change in comparison to the band’s previous content. Although still highly comparable to previous releases and other songs in this EP, this track still manages to walk its own path by approaching its audience through a softer ballad sound that highly seems like it would appeal to fans of Mayday Parade.
The fourth track, titled Weight, is short and sweet. Only a minute and a half long, this song acts like a perfect interlude. With a beautiful guitar opening, gentle drum beats and vocals followed by a heavier build up of all those components, the combination of instrumentals works flawlessly to compact what could work as an entire song into the soft and equally emotionally weighted middle track. In addition to being so musically similar to the content of Sydney rockers, Corpus, in my opinion this track was doubtlessly one of the most memorable ones and enjoyable to listen to.
Fade Away is a track that is bound to be recognized by many as it was the first single released from You Won’t Come Home. With a powerful guitar and vocal opening, this song dives straight into a steady pace that follows the song from beginning to end. With a relatively slower tempo in comparison to many of the other songs in the EP, and with softer vocals to go along with the congruent instrumentals, this song easily separates itself from the others, and leaves no hesitation as to why it was chosen as the first single. A solid bass line is also added into the equation, creating a perfect combination of all individual and distinctive instrument parts as they work together to make a harmonious and perfectly melded song.
The last song, Linger, returns to the similar song structure that accompanies this EP. Starting off with vocals and guitar only, it has all the ingredients that make up this collection of tracks. The softer nature of the vocals and the slower tempo are components that accompany the last three songs of You Won’t Come Home. It almost appears as if the songs get progressively softer, and whether it was accidental or not, it’s a beautiful way to carry an audience of listeners from beginning to end. With a final drum beat and a fading guitar that follow the song right until its conclusion, Linger has the perfect ending to be the closing track.