At a succinct five songs, the band’s self-titled EP is a quick run-through of musical perspectives against a racing backdrop (particularly in the pulsing, Daddio-snapping “Holly’s on Fire”). For sure, it seems this disc only serves to give a glance into the band’s potential; it’s pretty obvious that a full-length album will serve them well in the future. Their sound fluctuates from shades of Maroon5 to Red Hot Chili Peppers (“Run Around Town” sounds like a lost RHCP song from the Californication period). A personal favorite of mine is the closer, “Villain Fear,” with its easy backbeat and mellow groove that still keeps the listener hooked. Perhaps a bit more focus would serve the band well, but there’s no doubt that they’re headed in the right direction.
As a bonus, check out the band’s mashup of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” and Tom Petty’s “Won’t Back Down” from August — months before the British singer was accused of ripping off the Heartbreaker’s hit. Good call, sirs.