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It’s always great to hear a new band from LA that seems to have it all worked out. ‘After’ may not be a band that everyone out there is familiar with but on the basis of this EP that can surely only be a matter of time. 



So if you get kind of excited by a band that has that particular sound that is hard to define, and has a sound which at face value seems deceptively simple, but is driven forward by an engaging and solid vocal with some simply great hooks and riffs based on a deep and fertile groove, then the only issue you will have with this release is that it’s only three songs and a cover long.



The fact that its three great songs and a very brave, and well-executed, cover make it a great calling card to grab your attention.



Opening with the heaviest song on offer ‘Days Ago’ has a great groove-laden riff that immediately grabs you, whilst ‘Bones’ has a simplicity that washes over you, before the bite, and shows an entirely different facet to the band.



There’s a very modern feel to ‘After’ which is tempered by distinct, yet subtle, progressive leanings. The best track here is perhaps ‘Edges of the World’ which displays a quiet intensity, but lays the store out as far as potential and solid musicianship goes. The fuzzed out psychedelic solo and some great lyrics point towards a next release that should shake some trees.



In essence this may just very well be a must for anyone looking for something significant on the sometimes all too bland alternative rock scene.



You can tell a lot about a band by their choice of covers and even more when you hear how or if they have managed to stamp their own identity on the chosen song. The bigger and the better known the song the harder it is. Now to say I was a bit of a fan of The Doors would be an understatement, I’ve done the pilgrimage, seen the sites and still always hit Barney’s Beanery each time I visit LA.   



The intro to the song is unrecognizable but the modern rock treatment actually works really well, they allow enough light and shade into the song and it loses none of its groove. The breakdown is a subtle retake on the original with the same feeling of gentle rain washing over you and when the guitar cuts in it takes the song to another level. Maybe not one for Doors traditionalists – but I liked it and it shows how creative the band can be, when many others would have played such a staple very straight indeed.


Go buy it, and if you are lucky enough to live in LA go check them out!



By Mark Diggins