RTP EP by Ready The Prince is an amazing collection of good songwriting, fantastic performances and excellent production, combining elements of power pop and harder edged rock. The craftsmanship in the songwriting is very clever and showcases the band’s talent for development.
The EP opens with “Your Way Or Mine,” a song made up of fast guitar licks, pulsing tambourines and a gritty lead vocal. Moving between large open arpeggios to driving rock, the song combines power pop elements along with more of a modern vocal inflection a la Panic! At The Disco, eventually culminating in an excellent guitar solo.
“Drunk Without A Drug” begins as a set up to a ballad before moving to a very laid back groove. Over chime-y electric guitar, fuzzed out bass and rim clicks, the song builds carefully, each verse and chorus adding an instrumental element and making for a very natural crescendo. The melody is very catchy and skips though intervals in a smart double-time fashion propelling the song along.
“Egyptian” is based around a shuffle with the bass and drums locking in a tight groove while sparse guitar notes decorate the space around the vocal melody. Again the band uses one of its greatest strengths, crafting each section of the song to build and change slightly, keeping and building interest with subtle development. The song really rocks out with a fuzzed out garage-rock interlude complete with drum flourishes and fantastic backing vocals forming a soft pad of “ohhs” over the edgy attack of the song.
The EP closes with “Heart,” a mid-tempo number with some Crowded House influences throughout. Here the band uses the opposite technique as the previous three songs, stripping down parts of verses to add contrast and the result works just as well. The song also has the most backing vocals of the EP with the anthem-like chorus inviting an audience sing-a-long. The nimble guitar solo plays with echoes and reverbs over a telegraphic line and dances along well before the epic final chorus.
Ready The Prince has made an excellent EP of power pop songs and shows great promise for a full album of more material, as the only disappointment on this EP is that there aren’t more songs.
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