With a diverse toe-tapping sound and charisma that oozes even from your speakers, the Trial & Error EP by Denver rockers One Flew West is a break-out release that proves to be an absolute must-listen. The EP marks their first non-single release since 2015’s EP Selective Memory, and though it has been 3 years, the explosive release makes the wait more than worth it. The tongue-in-cheek hooks paired with their folk and punk inspired pop rock will make you feel like it’s 2007 again– in all of the best ways. The EP is full of the lyrics for you to essentially tell the world to “fuck off” with every listen– especially cuts like the title track (and first single) “Trial & Error“. The politically charged but universally applicable lyrics exemplify how many of us feel about the current state of the world and is everything we want to scream in our adult life when frustrated at life itself; “So I just want to say fuck you in a million different ways because no one ever learns from trial and error these days.” In the same way that Green Day‘s “American Idiot” allowed us all to air our anger at the both the government and our peers, “Trial & Error” brings back that angst in an irresistibly catchy song that has never been more needed. The track has been absolutely been exploding online since its November release, appearing on Spotify’s The Scene and Pop Punk’s Not Dead playlists, in addition to being featured on Alt. Press; proving that we all need an anthem to air our frustrations to.
Following in “Trial & Error“‘s mark made as the first track of the EP, comes “What Do I know“– a track diving deeper into the strangeness that is our adult lives and the changes that occur as we come of age. From feeling like our college degrees are useless to that weird feeling when our friends get married and have kids (when we’re here just trying to figure out life), the track perfectly personifies what it means to feel relatively lost as we pave our own way in life.
As the EP progresses, so does the band’s sound and content– shifting from a sound reminiscent of bands like You Me and Everyone We Know and Mayday Parade, to something that flexes their folk muscles. Singer Linden Jackson croons about love had and love lost, as well the lethargy that makes curling up watching Netflix on a Friday night (as opposed to going out) the best damn decision we’ll ever make. The shift in sound makes for truly earnest and relatable tracks, that rounds out the angst into a series relatable anthems for every aspect of our life.
The Trial & Error EP is a whimsical release that is unafraid to tell you exactly how it feels, or for that matter, tell you to fuck off if you disagree. The sonic release proves that One Flew West is a group for the people, by the people, who just get it and knows what we want from our music. It’s no surprise then that the quartet has been named Band To Watch by CBS Denver, and has toured with other dynamic acts such us Plain White T’s, The Dirty Heads, The Wombats, 3OH!3, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Saint Motel and Cold War Kids. With Trial & Error on the way, we can’t wait to see One Flew West achieve even more in 2018 with this polished EP that balances an effervescent sound with the very real stresses and anxieties of growing up — making the release one that’ll make 2018 their year.
We can’t wait to hear what else this band has in store this year; but start your 2018 right by listening to Trial & Error as soon as it’s released on 1/26 on the band’s SPOTIFY. And if you happen to be in Colorado, the band is having a release party the night before– details found HERE.
Last modified: January 21, 2018