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The Sound Is Fine EP- Review

March 13th, 2014 by Tori Holder

There’s nothing more devastating than opening your inbox to find that email from your fav band thanking you for your support over the years, touting the wonderful dreams they have been able to live out, and that despite all this, said band is no more.(As someone who took the Be Your Own Pet breakup more seriously than any dissolution of a romantic endeavor I’ve been involved in, maybe I’m a little bit sentimental than most when it comes to bands, but that’s what puts me in a good place to write about them) Which is why a little facebook message from one of the former Nico Blues put me in the exact opposite mindset of a breakup: several members of the old band had formed a new project: The Sound Is Fine. And is it ever.

“It starts with a bang” are the opening lyrics to the first track, Big Dream Kid, and few words could be more apt. The music is delightfully explosive and indicative of a band that is ready to stand their musical ground without a shred of naivete (which doesn’t mean losing out on the dat-dah-dah-dah’s in the background keeping it fun). Wrong Time to Look Good snarls at the songwriting process in all the right ways, throwing in a hearty round of “fuck you”s for anyone a little slow on the uptake. And while the aggression is definitely present, it still feels upbeat. Rapture in Queens falls a little more towards the melodic than the rest of the work, but stays sharper than your average “done with love” song, making it a must add to that playlist you keep about that person we’re totally done ever bringing up in conversation. Running in Squares seems to promise a subtle and sweet send off to the EP, but then throws itself into a high gear of shouts and chugging guitars that excites and leaves the listener ready for another go and pining for a date they can circle on their calendar for when these fine gents will grace us with a full length album that expands upon the loads of raw potential in these 6 tracks
Get The Sound Is Fine EP here.