Inner Wave strays from their usual with ‘Wya’ A group of best friends that create ever-changing sound

The Latinx band from Los Angeles, present their ability and dedication to create a whole new sound with ‘Wya.’ From being defined as an indie band, then to rock, the group has now become known for having no specific genre.
Rating: A+
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Finishing up a show in Portland, Oregon the five-piece band walks back to the U-Haul containing all of their instruments just to find out that their drum set and amps were nowhere to be found. Worrying about how they were going to finalize their upcoming EP ‘Wya’ (where you at), Inner Wave continued to write songs using programmed drums on a digital audio workstation. In turn, this changed the band’s sound completely—from their normal indie rock to a more electronic, digital-age vibe.

They first started off as three kids jamming out in their parents’ garage—Pablo Sotelo (lead vocalist and guitarist), Jean Pierre Narvaez (bassist and vocalist) and Elijah Trujillo (guitarist and keyboardist). Later on, Chris Runners (keyboardist) and Luiz Portillo (drummer) joined, that’s when they began to be inspired by other bands like The Strokes and Nirvana.

Altogether, ‘Wya’ makes the most out of the grooviest instruments. For example, the first song ‘Why’d You Have To Act Like That Though,’ starts out with a high-pitched squeal that catches the listener’s attention. As the song continues. the simple electric guitar riffs and steady beat from the bass pick up and can easily be heard throughout.

Over time, it becomes more evident that they are using their experiences from touring to help create different lyrical stories, unlike ones they have done before. For example, ‘Six AM’ reflects over a casual relationship that turns into something more with lyrics like, “Was supposed to be a casual arrangement / Now I feel as though I’m constantly complaining,” that help paint their life.

Although the band is still experimenting with their new and different sound, the looped chords at the beginning of each song can get repetitive and slightly annoying to hear. However, that doesn’t make the EP terrible, if anything, it further proves how the band is striving to be unique.

‘Wya’ is definitely the band’s poppiest sound yet. While it is catchy, it still challenges the listener with their mindful lyrics. With their new sound, it will be interesting to see where they go next. The band has really pushed themselves to where no genre can define their music.