Alli’s Alternative Analysis: Review of Wallows Band’s New Album, Remote EP 

Alexandra Wiggins, Staff Writer

Wallows Band reflecting on their incredible album they just produced! (Credit: @wallowsmusic on Instagram)

The Wallows Band has produced many albums and singles that are widely known amongst listeners of the Alternative genre. This band is also very similar to a band that I previously did a review on called “Dayglow.” The artists are acquaintances within the alternative music world.  

In 2018, Wallows signed a deal with Atlantic Records and released a popular major-label debut EP called “Spring.” In 2019, the band released one of their most popular studio albums called “Nothing Happens.” One of their most popular songs that is well-known, especially across the teenage world, is “Are You Bored Yet?” Forming in Los Angeles, California, members Dylan Minnette, Braeden Lemasters, and Cole Preston found a variety of ways to make themselves popular amongst many different crowds. Dylan Minnette was also an actor on an extremely popular show, “13 Reasons Why,” streaming on Netflix, which also assisted the Wallows Band with their increasing popularity.  

Most of the songs that Wallows produces are based on former romances. The band uses a variety of instruments to express emotion through their songs, especially the electric keyboard and electric bass guitar. This makes their songs sound somewhat modern, but the unique notes and synth-spikes add a “retro” feel that brings many listeners back to the late 1990s or early 2000s. With a southern California type of feel, Wallows is always my first choice to listen to while driving on a summer night. The band also consists of young adults aged 21 to 23, which is why their music appeals to younger adults and teens.  

Wallows released their most recent album on Oct. 23, 2020, through Atlantic Records. They also released a deluxe version on Feb. 19, 2021, consisting of songs that weren’t originally released and some remixes of top hits on the album. The original album consists of just six songs, which on average are about three minutes and 30 seconds long, compact with heartfelt lyrics and insane instrumentals. The deluxe album consists of 10 songs with even more relatable and heartfelt lyrics.  

The popular track called “Quarterback” ties together the entire album, creating an upbeat theme throughout. This song is one of my favorites, because the tempo is always rising, and the song never gets slow, which is what I am always looking for in music. Caroline Hoban (10), states that “Quarterback is my favorite song as well, I love listening to it on summer nights or when I’m feeling upset. I love Wallows Band!”  

I’ve listened to the album “Remote” much more than I’ve listened to their previous album, “Nothing Happens.” I find that this album has interesting lyrics and a captivating beat that keeps me listening. Overall, I give this album a rating of 9.5/10. I give the band as a whole a 10/10. I cannot wait to see what they pursue soon; big things are expected.