Interview: Kieren Alder (WSTR)

The pop-punk scene is seemingly more crowded than ever before with bands trying to hit a metaphorical “home run”. Liverpool-based WSTR is clearly on the path to that aforementioned success, releasing a successful debut EP in 2015, and touring hard off that initial attention, the band has clearly hit a tipping point in their career. With their debut full-length about to drop in January (Red, Green or Inbetween), the band is one of the fastest-rising acts of recent memory. Going from basements to sold-out support tours clearly hasn’t rattled the band, and guitarist Kieren Adler stopped by to give us the scoop on the new record, how the band is coping with success, and being a “Gunner”. All hail the Premier League. Check out his answers below! And you can view their video for “Lonely Smiles” below, too.

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WSTR Is Your New Favorite Pop Punk Band


Somewhere between the 2015 release of their EP SKRWD and their upcoming full-length Red, Green Or Inbetween, the pop-punk outfit WSTR established themselves as one of Britain’s brightest pop-punk acts, and since we’re upon the pending release of their aforementioned debut album, it’s pretty clear that WSTR will be your new favorite pop-punk band. Comparisons will probably abound to Neck Deep, The Story So Far, and/or Trash Boat, and it’s true that WSTR isn’t necessarily reinventing the wheel here. But what they are doing is creating catchy pop-punk music with plenty of energy to spare.

Their debut full-length drops in January, and you can stream their new track “Lonely Smiles” below. Rest assured, WSTR won’t get lost in a sea of similar, mediocre acts – they’re here to stay. 11 tracks of pop-punk that will likely be one of the best releases of 2017. Watch out, and listen up.

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