Hailing from the Chicago metropolitan area, Alt-Rockers Westwood began hitting the ground running in 2011 since their formation and since then have manifested into a multifaceted and versatile unit with an insatiable presence in the Rock scene. Comprised of three young hard working musicians with an undeniable passion for high-energy songs, the trio has amassed a loyal following and continues to raise the bar with every subsequent release since their debut album in 2011. After several years of solidifying their distinctive signature sound, Westwood has creatively evolved into an energetically crafty outfit and brings this manifestation to fruition with their newest EP ‘Fight Or Flight’.
Comprised of 6 gut-busting fresh tracks and 4 radio edits, ‘Fight Or Flight’ brings Westwood’s high-energy Rock stamina to the forefront in a way that showcases their musical diligence and melodically visceral structures that will undoubtedly please any fan of the early 2000s Rock and Post-Punk circuit. If you were a fan of the Drive-Thru Records era or the early years of the Vans Warped Tour, then this record will be a stroke of nostalgia in just about every way. Opening anchor single “The Fight” is brilliantly structured and has a hard hitting rhythm section that really kicks this track into levels of intensity rarely heard in today’s more contemporary Rock format. If this track doesn’t increase your heart rate, then we don’t know what will. “Rag Doll” and “Pop Song” aim at a more Indie/Pop-Punk angle and really shines a light on the lead vocal structures. The wholesome mix of solid power chords and rhythmic bass and drum parallels are refreshingly precise; truly bringing out the impact of the vocals in a way that is both versatile and effective. Closing track “Run Away” is another dynamically crafty song that really enhances the average Rock listening experience. While Westwood has a style that is completely their own, you can hear several crucial artist influences including earlier records from Senses Fail, Brand New, Story Of The Year, Sum 41 and other bands of a similar calibre. Overall, this EP is a true breath of fresh air that completely revitalizes the early-to-mid 2000s Rock era. It serves up endless entrees of nostalgia but still has several strong factors of originality that sets them apart from today’s more convoluted Rock spectrum.
You can find ‘Fight Or Flight’ on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming streaming platforms. This record will definitely be one of your favorite recent releases and Westwood will easily impress you upon first listen. You’ll be more than glad you discovered them.