Little Finn is an Indie rock band from Melbourne, Australia. Their self-titled debut EP Little Finn features four tracks of alternative rock genre with influences like The Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Arctic Monkeys. They have quickly attracted a local following and radio interest which is most likely due to the unique combo of a lively rock sound with a laid-back aura. There is definitely a mellow, beachy vibe to most of their songs, almost a 311-esque sound at times.
The album starts off with “The One” which instantly made me think of the California band The Expendables. It had the same mix of rock guitar and bass with an underlying surf-rock feel. I loved the overall sound, lots of loud guitar solos and aggressive drums with a mellow vocal melody. I’m not sure how I felt about the distortions on the vocals; sometimes it felt a little too much, but it didn’t take away from the overall appeal of the song.
“Malibu”, despite its title, had a completely different vibe than the first song. With more of a dramatic rock intro, it had a darker feel with funky guitar and rhythmic bass lines. It reminded me of a less metal version of the alternative rock band Chevelle. The lyrics were fun and light and it ended with an entertaining guitar jam session. Next was “Should’ve Known Better” which had more of the beachy feel from the first song, almost ska without the horns. There was more of an intensity in the lyrics and ambiance, and it seems to fit with the progression of the album. I really liked the chorus, the repeating lyrics and the harmonies were full of passion.
The EP ended with “Sweet Lady” which felt very different from the first three songs. The vocals came across as a little shouty and overwhelming, I preferred the previous more understated tone. But I still really liked the song; the harmonies and catchy lyrics made up for it. Again there was a cool mix of rock n’ roll and quirky ska melodies. I can’t say that it felt like a finishing track, though. Another song or two would have helped me get a better grasp of the overall direction of the band.
Little Finn was a fun debut. Since the band is so young and new to their sound, I expect a lot of evolution and growth. But there are a couple of stand out tracks on this EP that establish Little Finn as a band to watch. Their sound is original and fresh, and the individual performances by each musician are impressive. As their songwriting and production expand, I think they’ll be a worthy contender in the Indie rock scene.
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