The Orlando, FL quintet practically oozes confidence – and the gigantic hooks to match – in their debut EP. WILT calls to mind Under the Cork Tree era Fall Out Boy and mid-aughts Motion City Soundtrack imbued with an energy and intelligence the size of both bands’ catalogues.
Hungover is the product of the ashes of other bands and the years its members – Marc Cortes, Evan Colson, Sean Connors, Austin Barney, and Gabe Santiago – spent together in the Orlando music scene. It’s there that Hungover cut their teeth in small, packed clubs and bars, carefully honing their penchant for energetic, impactful, and wildly pop-sensible guitar rock.
However, the spry sound that characterizes Hungover shows, is juxtaposed by its poignant subject matter.
Hungover as a whole is a helium, their dynamic sound inflating any room they inhabit. A bar becomes a hall, a club becomes a theatre. By allowing themselves to be molded by the rooms they’ve played, Hungover is in turn, able to mold those rooms themselves. It’s this awareness that instills each show with the exact same sensation; that urgent push from the inside of the chest and the awareness that the moment is somehow bigger than the seconds it exists in.
Hungover are that indefinable something.