If you’re looking for a summer record to jam out to that sounds like the perfect mashup of all your favorite bands, then look no further than LA’s own Varsity Week and their debut release If You Only Knew. The 5-song EP is packed with beats that are sure to get you moving and lyrics that are bound to be stuck in your head for days.
If You Only Knew opens with two tracks that beg to be played loud and often. “Against The Wall” is a band-proclaimed “summer banger,” and personal favorite of mine. Upon your first listen, you’ll see why. It’s a fun cat-and-mouse-chase love song driven by percussion and bass that plays perfectly into the lyrics.
“Anyways,” the lead single from the EP, starts off at 11 and never comes down. Another percussion-heavy track, you can’t help but move your body when you when you hear it. That’s probably why the song and video have been on rotation at fitness facilities around the U.S. since it’s release. “Anyways” is full of emotion and it hits hard thanks to vocalist Brandon Eisenbeis. His soothing, yet raspy at times vocals will captivate you from the first note he sings.
Those vocals that drew you in during the first two songs well end up blowing you away during “Chasing Waves.” Eisenbeis’s impressive range combined with nostalgic pop vibes result in a standout track worthy of multiple back-to-back listens.
The nostalgia continues into “The Arsonist.” The song plays out like a nursery rhyme set to a groovy guitar riff. You’ll be transported back to childhood summers when life was way easier.
In a seamless transition from one track to the next, you conclude If You Only Knew with “$$$$.” It’s a simple concept of dreaming of a lavish lifestyle all set to the new 90s throwback sound bands like Walk The Moon have adapted in recent years. We have all fantasized about being famous, and for about three minutes, this song allows us all to live out that fantasy.
For a debut record, Varsity Week have definitely left their mark on the pop world. If You Only Knew is the first musical release for any of the members, and the more you listen to the EP, the harder it is to believe that fact. They’ve clearly worked hard and meticulously to give a veteran feel to freshman release.