Hailing from Ystradgynlais in South Wales – yes, we don’t know how to pronounce the town name either – Waiting For Winry is a folk-rock duo with a charming, upbeat sound. Drawing on their personal life experiences, Ria and David Rees, explore the grittier side of rural society. Despite being a very new band, Waiting For Winry has already been featured on The Other Side Reviews, Eat This Metal and many other publications. The latest addition to their growing discography is the single ‘Waiting For Winry’.
Following their well-received debut single ‘Wayside’, ‘Ruins’ is a combination of folk-rock vocals with alternative rock instrumentation. Touching on elements of cruelty and despair in rural society, ‘Ruins’ showcases the fragility of human nature in an elegant way. Ria’s vocals soar above David’s dynamic guitar showcasing a harmonic and melodic track despite the poignant lyricism. The boldness and warmth of their music not only exposes vulnerability but also cocoons one keeping you safe from the harshness of reality.
“The song is inspired by experiences we had as a young couple – when you’re still young and in college, you’re typically surrounded by people who don’t necessarily have your best interests at heart. We experienced a lot of gossip and people who wanted to tear apart what we had found with each other. It’s a little childish, but essentially this song is a big middle finger to them.” – Waiting For Winry on ‘Ruins’
I would compare this duo to another more established name, but it is impossible to place them alongside anyone. Genre-bending and utterly unique, Waiting For Winry are a breath of fresh air in a floundering indie scene.