Tarek Virani and Assad Tabet, cousins that grew up learning and playing guitar and bass together, are the duo that comprises Mile Two, a relatively new band with a myriad of stylistic influences. Their debut release Trust EP is a collection Virani and Tabet were involved in a few years ago.
A catchy riff on warbly electric guitars starts the album off in “The End” the first track on the record. As a groovy beat is laid down by percussion and bass guitar, Virani lends his reverb-laced vocals to the soundscape, occasionally layering his voice on top of itself to provide a fuller, stronger sound.
Experimental and ambient elements are more readily apparent in “Stranger,” although the basic structure of a pop rock song is maintained. Returning to a more traditional rock n’ roll format in the following track “100 miles” features staccato power chords, powerful drum beats and mellow singing and lyrics that create an overall calming aura for the song.
“Used to be” highlights Mile Two’s ability to take a catchy, repeated motif - in this case on electric guitar - and build a complete song around it with variety, changes and stylistic choices that never comes close to becoming tedious or repetitive. After opening with a fast-paced bass riff, “Trust” incorporates guitar and percussion into a laid back groove that gradually crescendos into a full-fledged rock anthem by the end of the track.
As the short yet characteristically memorable “Outro” brings the album to a close, listeners are able to reflect on the album as a whole. Trust EP is a mature blend of many complex and interconnected styles that is as approachable as it is enjoyable. Mile Two’s first release will undoubtedly gather a fan base as it proves their talent and skill in making great music.
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