John McGuire and Adam Hutnik aka Miroki have been writing music together since they were twelve years old but only recently released a four-song EP entitled Incredibly Kind Toward Animals EP. Kind Toward Animals is a complete DIY effort and is slightly above average in a number of areas from the quality of the recording to the nuances of the music.
The songs could fit into the pop punk/emo category and draw comparisons to a band like Modern Baseball. Like Modern Baseball the songs contains infectious vocal harmonies and energetic music that keeps you engaged. The EP starts with “Haven” which begins with jangly guitars and a strong vocal melody. As the song progresses the addition of whistling and inventive guitar riffs are fun ear candy, It doesn’t take too long to realize Hutnik’s and McGuire’s years together has paid off. The songs are fully realized and it’s obvious they have a clear vision of what they want.
The next song “I’ll Be Gone” is another solid song that displays the talent of Hutnik and McGuire. It’s not an over complicated song but it is dynamic and catchy. The vocals carry the song but the creative instrumental parts like that around the one-minute mark are also impressive.
The next two songs “Dry Eyed” and “Benny” are a similar vibe to the first two songs. That being said, “Benny” is arguably the highlight of the EP. “Benny” is anthemic and even motivational sounding at points - good stuff.
Even if you aren’t a huge fan of the genre of music Hutnik and McGuire play it’s undeniable they are talented. There are a lot of other bands in this genre who come off whiny and in the end you feel like slapping them - not the case here. Miroki sounds exuberant and happy to be here.
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