Eden is a four-piece band consisting of Ste Jones (vocals/rhythm guitar), brothers Max Cowell (lead guitar) and George Cowell (bass) and finally Jack Cotter (drums). They have a sound that feels recognizable yet avoids direct comparisons to specific bands. A sprinkle of Block Party here, a dash of Franz Ferdinand there and about a dozen other offshoots and you should have a basic understanding of the music these guys make. At the heart of it these guys are a rock band making catchy songs that feel vibrant and unpretentious. On their recent self-titled EP Eden they showcase three songs that serve as a good foundation for a future full-length.
The first song “Fly On The Wall” is a well-crafted song about a person relishing in hedonistic tendencies but oblivious to the ramifications for themselves and others. A constant kick drum thumps while a jangly lead guitar riff is played. Ste Jones starts singing and sounds similar to Paul Banks from Interpol with a bit more dynamic range. The verse builds tension and finally releases when the chorus hits. There are a lot of good things happening in this song but it mainly displayed that the band has chemistry and can deliver a catchy song.
“You and The Music” is another decent song and even more infectious than the first. They deliver a simple yet effective structure and display their creativity on their instruments. The song’s topic is a bit humorous as Ste Jones sings about choosing music over a relationship.
The highlight of the album “Devil On Your Shoulder” revolves around the tried and true topic of sour love. Almost everyone has had one relationship where it has gone from puppy love to utter agitation and Eden explores this topic with creative lyrics but more importantly exuberant energy.
Overall, the songs were well written rock songs but at the same time lacked aspects that could define the “sound” of the band. Luckily, they have all the time in the world to refine it. What I enjoyed about these three songs is that no one in the band seems like they need attention. They work together, restraining themselves when needed and deliver when it’s warranted for the betterment of the song.
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