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EP Review: Easter / Hob Talk

By on Sunday, 26th October 2008 at 1:23 pm

This week I’ve had a bit of a shoegazy week this week, having caught M83 and had them and My Bloody Valentine on pretty much repeat. So imagine my happiness at working my way through my EP pile this morning to find a four track EP by Mancunians Easter that has me staring at my shoes, dazed and relaxed.

Opening with the 8 and a half minute epic “Don’t Sink”, lead singer Tom Long sounds a tiny bit like Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody, which is no bad thing, fitting the dream-seeking melodies perfectly. It’s just the perfect end-of night comedown, or Sunday morning wake up collection, helping you reflect on times gone by and the perfect anthem to that indie film that not many people will see, but all who do love.

Icy sharp guitars throughout, normally I’d be recoiling at the overuse of them but somehow they just about manage to pull off the My-Bloody Valentine lite sound of multi-layered effects.

Though relatively short, the 25 minute EP gives us a great taster of what’s to come for the lads – surely it’s just a matter of time before those A&R men descend in a feeding flurry.

Easter’s Hob Talk EP is now available from Manchester’s Piccadilly Records, Leeds’ Normal Records and Crash Records, London’s Sister Ray and Rough Trade, Bolton’s X Records, and Glasgow and Edinburgh’s Avalanche Records. Copies are also available from their Myspace.


EP Review: Enjoy Destroy

By on Tuesday, 21st October 2008 at 8:03 pm

Enjoy Destroy have been getting a hell of a lot of press recently, having won over Offset, Guilfest and been one of the few to have played Zoo Thousand and Eight.

So, what’s so great about them?

Well, not only are they young and up for it, but they also make amazing tunes… I’m not normally a fan of stuff like Biffy Clyro and Foo Fighters (no, it’s not the hair… I’m just more of a gentler kind of person), but Enjoy Destroy are similar whilst being slightly different.

Opener “Rifles” (video below) is loud, catchy, rocky and certainly a good “get up and get out of bed” tune – yes, it’s pop punk, but a bit more Biffy than Blink 182. Thankfully.

Call and response choruses are the order of the day it seems for most tunes, which will work pefectly come festival season next year and a legion of fans to get the crowd going.

The only downside to this EP? Arguably, their best song is the first one so you feel a bit let down (though not that much) after such an ace start.

Want to listen to more? Catch the video for “Rifles” below.


Enjoy Destroy’s self titled EP came out on Monday 6th October on Fire One Records.


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