Riffing on crunching chorus, ferocious brevity, and an irritated kick prove The Wilful Boys certainly deserve a place amongst the punk acclaim of recent upstarts IDLES, Viagra Boys, and Turnstile.
Forming in Brooklyn in 2014, The Wilful Boys’ inception began after a chance meeting at the now defunct Cake Shop, a venue that would become a staple venue for them until its closure at the end of 2016.
After 2016’s debut Rough As Guts (Ever/Never) and 2019’s follow-up Life Lessons (Homeless), The Wilful Boys have channeled the planet’s current dire straits, distilled it and churned out some of their most aggressive work. Slated for release in early 2022 on venerable punk label Big Neck Records (home to Lost Sounds, Baseball Furies and more), The Wilful Boys’ third album, World Ward Word Sword, is the band’s definitive statement to date. Recorded by longtime associate Jordan Lovelace (Brandy, Pampers) at his Spiceworld studio, WWWS is a crusher of a record, running the gamut from sludgy punk to straight-up rock.
Glide is premiering the stormy and bitter “A Watched Pot” – a barnstormer built on hellbent ferocity and reckless anguish. The band’s gritty directness and musical prowess – most defined by their incisive guitar playing- serve as a wake-up anthem for change in our dire times.
“It’s about how things won’t change unless you change them, but even if you’re motivated to make change it’s still really hard and seems pointless cos the world is pretty fucked,” says Jack Wilful.