Tirade - Waste Your Time
How many of us can say we recorded an EP, won band competitions and played at European festivals while we were students? Not me. But Jake Tilley, Josh Pearl, Alex Young and Chris Oldfield, better known as Tirade, are doing just that.
Tirade is a four piece, made up of music students based in Crewe and Leeds who are, it seems, really working the Manchester music scene. They recently won the MMU Battle of the Bands, which means they get to play over in Belgium at the Burnout Festival in May. It’s worth mentioning that the beautiful original artwork for their upcoming EP If I Told You I’d Have To Kill You was done by the incredible Manchester artist and fellow musician Helen Hebenton (check out her page Uncanny Designs).
Tirade are making the most of what they’ve got and really enjoying it, which gives the band a likeability factor and an endearing sense of fun.
According to the band their new single Waste Your Time is about the struggle to make it in a creative industry and the pressure to get a “proper” job – a typically “misunderstood youth” kind of topic for this genre, but it’s a sincere sentiment, and a defiant message from the band that they intend to prove themselves.
Waste Your Time is unashamedly pop-punk. Its sound harks back to the heyday of the genre; it’s fast and furious, with the nasal boyish vocals synonymous with pop-punk stalwarts like Billie Joe of Green Day and Jordan Pundik of New Found Glory. However, it manages to avoid being as one-dimensional as some of the more recent pop-punk offerings as there is also a heavier rock element, with some more expansive riffs towards the end. The Foo Fighters have been cited as an influence by the band and this is pretty evident.
Like the message in the lyrics, Waste Your Time sounds youthful and defiant, it captures the essence of pop-punk in that it’s fun and unapologetic, it crashes in through the window and slams the door on its way out. It’s great that the band has a clear purpose in terms of their sound and their ambitions, and they have managed to convey these effectively through the single and no doubt through the upcoming EP too.
Words: Scarlett Pares Landells