The trio of Joey Enthoven, Matt Lopez and Noah Donnelly make up the California indie pop/rock Easy Bear.They released a five-song EP simply titled EP that showcases songs that that will undoubtedly feel familiar but the at the same time are crafted with an indie rock precision. You can't deny the songs’ innate appeal. The band has all the right ingredients; it's really as simple as that. Joey Enthoven has a near perfect indie rock voice lying somewhere between Stephen Malkmus and Brandon Flowers.
Musically, they're not the fanciest band in the world but they know what works. The guitar parts are creative but mostly consisting of chords while the rhythm section provides a hefty low end to support the melodies. At the heart of it these songs are pop smothered nuggets with a glaze of indie rock that are easily accessible and prone to get stuck in your head after the first listen.
The band kicks with a rocker called “Give Me Your Love.” It’s arguably the highlight of the album and I was converted to a fan of the band as soon as I heard the 50’s inspired vocal harmonies. The verse is a solid combination of heavy tom work, distorted bass and infectious vocals. It’s three minutes and twenty seconds of tightly organized indie rock goodness that feels really good going down. “My Girl” open with a riff straight out of indie rock 101 and I didn’t mind it one bit because the band pulls it off to a tee while “Already Mine” has an upbeat, triumphant vibe that one can add to your party playlist right now. The last two songs “Run Virginia Run” and “Stole My Heart” are two more of above average indie rock tunes that your ears will want to hear.
There isn't much you need to know about Easy Bear other that if you like indie rock you won't want to miss this EP . Although the songs stick to tried and true Indie rock format and the band is by no means reinventing the wheel they seem to have perfected the formula and there isn’t anything wrong with that.
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