An oldie but still a goodie, Killingbird’s Waste Another Yesterday oozes with all of the Hollywood sleaze that one would expect from a Skyla Talon project. Released in 2003 on the heels of their self-titled debut, Waste Another Yesterday takes everything up a notch but still somehow stays true to its gutter rock sound.
“Can’t Kill Me” wastes no time in going straight for the throat. It drips octane all over most of the rest of the album and calls back to the glory days of partying on the Sunset Strip. That raunch and roll mentality is smeared all over the rest of the album on tracks like “First Class Ticket” and “Dust it Off”. The other constant on the album is its party rock mentality. Tracks like “Bruise” and “Death of a Superstar” approach radio single territory and is a track that seems to be begging for a music video full of hot chicks with big hair and guys with flashy guitars and flashier cars.
The title track slows things down, but just barely – injecting a touch of heart into the album without sounding sappy or watered down. Along with tracks like the melancholy “Passing Through” and “Where in the World” and the edgier “Some Will Fade” it shows that there’s more to Killingbird than might originally meet the eye. The hidden track is worth sticking around for as well.
That’s not to say that there aren’t any throwaway tracks. “Drown” and “Sober Only Underground”, for instance, aren’t bad but don’t really distinguish themselves either – they’re throwbacks that don’t really do anything new. In the 90’s, they would have been edgy, but by the turn of the century they didn’t really offer anything that hadn’t been done to death. “Whatcha Want” falls further off the mark and plays as a tired retread.
About the best thing that can be said for Waste Another Yesterday is that it holds up well. It was certainly a lot edgier in 2003, but it’s still fun and still has enough teeth to be relevant – it’s a reminder of yesterday that certainly isn’t wasted.