WORC is an intriguing new rock band from Oklahoma, fronted by a smiley face mask donning frontman who goes by the pseudonym EMOJI. They recently released their first full-length eponymous record, and it’s one that fans of alt and indie won’t want to miss!
This highly promising debut features a generous, yet cohesively produced 16 tracks with a sound comprised of hardcore, post punk, garage and indie elements, chock full of rock ‘n’ roll attitude.
WORC opens with the contemplative single Feel the Sound that sets the stage for what’s to come seems to invite the listener to slow down and be mindful in the here and now, with pensive delivery of lyrics like “look around and feel the sound” and “life is not to take and take“.
You can hear subtle echoes of indie greats like Editors and Interpol on several tracks, interspersed with lots of fuzzy distortion and brisk drumbeats bringing in that raw-cut garage feel.
There are some very laid-back, slowed down moments such as on Fake As Can Be and Into Dust, tempered by more energetic, punchy tracks like Humans Suck, What Should We See, and No Matter Where I Go.
As well as the two singles, Feel the Sound and Make the Wait, I Can’t Believe You stands out with its lulling vocals and brightly buzzing guitar lines atop skittering drums. The lyrics across the album exude thoughtfulness and cerebral depth, without forgetting to have some fun.