For some unbeknown reasons, the line between modern and classic punk rock generally remains clear–New York-based alternative artist Woz challenges that status quo once more with his newest EP, No Medicine For That.
No Medicine For That serves as a follow up to Woz's last EP, At the Gulf, as well as the grander narrative to the artist project. At core an alternative sound, Woz's version of rock carries elements of hyperpop production, shoegaze indie rock, even a touch of mainstream hip hop in his vocal execution. While No Medicine For That still has plenty of anthemic moments, including the flashy & grungey "Harder and Harder" and the breakdown of "Medicine," Woz sprinkles in touches of punk and pop all over a project that gives nods to classic and '70s New York punk rock.
For Woz, the secret to cracking down the wall between eras of rock music feels simple: lyricism that doesn't shy away from personality and vulnerability, that ultimately relates and resonates with modern day rock fans. From his hit single, "Child Support," off of the prior EP, to the somber, indulgently reminiscent "The Things I Love The Most" off of No Medicine For That, Woz crafts his narrative with heart and soul.
With every EP installment, the world of Woz expands and constructs gradually but steadily for fans who crave personal and vivid songwriting in rock music. There's a glimmering hope among the dark aesthetic, a comfort that is inherent to blunt honesty within the lyrics.