GOLDMINE MAGAZINE FEBRUARY 2019-
Willapa takes a sternly aggressive approach that mixes equal parts grunge with a determined hardcore imprint. It’s a somewhat intimidating sound, typical of the northwestern environs from which they hail. Sounding somewhat similar to Pearl Jam in particular, the band features singer Chad DeRoux affecting a grumble and growl that would likely lead Eddie Vedder to consider him a brother in arms. “I’m a woman, she’s a man,” DeRoux declares on “Land of Plenty,” one of several driving and decisive anthems that populate the eleven song set. Turgid in its tone and assertive in execution, Willapa make a strong and solid initial impression, one sure to delight those who appreciate heavier grooves and solid set-ups. Melody and mayhem are interchangeable here, giving this self-titled effort the heft and gravitas clearly intended throughout. Look for them to be filling stadiums soon.