Creating a resourceful embrace of alternative rock with a healthy whiff of power pop to its smile, US rock band The Slang show themselves to be one flavoursome and captivating proposition with their self-titled debut EP. Bringing together five songs which bounce with infectious energy whilst casting a gentle expressive caress of warm melodies, the release is a thoroughly satisfying encounter which does not startle but certainly sparks a lingering appetite for its qualities.
Hailing out of Columbus, Ohio, The Slang has already drawn strong attention with their vibrant sound which takes inspirations from artists such as Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Pete Yorn, Bill Frisell, Rage Against the Machine, and Muse, whilst their songs have found themselves placed in various shows and movies from the likes of HBO, USA Network, and Troma Films. The EP is their next big step into the world and it is easy to expect the release pushing the band into an even hungrier spotlight.
From the opening plucking of guitar strings from John Bobo, first song Far From Over nudges attention awake, swiftly securing its full attention with magnetic keys and inviting melodies. It is a potent start enhanced by the firm beats of Michael Dillon and the appealing darker tone of bass from John Newsome. The song relaxes into a masterful stride as the vocals of Bobo bring another impressive texture to the song within the interwoven colour of his keys and guitar enterprise. The track is an enchanting temptation but one with a feisty edge and attitude to its gait and passion which only increases its gripping presence. There is also a sultry twang to certainly the keys and some of the engaging melodies which kiss the imagination, a lure offered again in the next up Rule The World. The second song opens almost identically to the first, plucked strings making the initial enticing. Bobo’s vocals make a swifter entrance though, taking the ears into a more unruly eruption of sound and energy. Its opening bait though never relinquishes its coaxing, persistently underlying the blossoming melodic hues and emerging emotive beauty of the song. Maybe a slightly slower persuasion than its predecessor, the track grows into another big highlight within the highly pleasing release.
One Step At A Time comes next bringing a tender balladry of whispering suggestiveness from the keys and crystalline melodies from the guitars. As shown in the previous tracks, there is always a vein of sinew sculpted tenacity around and here provides a fiery intensity and passion to the smouldering for another increasingly persuasive proposition, its every minute and listen taking it to stronger heights and success.
Its successor Feels Like Work is another which takes a little time to wholly persuade, though from its first outing the song treats ears and thoughts to a highly agreeable exercise in accomplished songwriting and greed inspiring hooks. Newsome and Dillon craft an inventive cage to frame the song, at times jabbing eagerly and in others making a firm but less demanding suasion, whilst the keys and guitar of Bobo spin a web of melodic reflection and evocative adventure matched by his increasingly impressive vocals.
The EP is brought to a close by Find A Way, a respectful hug of sound prone to burst into a feistier swagger and expulsion of emotion. It is a fine end to the release, if lacking the spark of its predecessors, which reinforces the appetite raising introduction to The Slang. The EP as said earlier does not blow ears and emotions away but easily awakens a keen interest and want to know and hear more from a band with the potential to forge a successful future.
The self-released The Slang EP is available now @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-slang-ep/id899245548?ign-mpt=uo%3D4
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