Michael Yugo (vocals/guitar), Jim Donohue (bass/vocals), Rob Suls (drums) and Steve Gerety (guitar/vocals) are the Mavins. They formed in 2010 and recently released a seven-song self-titled EP The Mavins that contains Americana and roots rock with a tinge of country.
Suffice it to say that the songwriting and delivery on this EP is exceptional. The songs feel warm, recognizable and put you in a good mood. It’s easy to enjoy the vibe of these songs if you aren’t a curmudgeon.
Right off the bat you can tell this band has some experience and talent. They are tight in the pocket and play for the betterment of the song. Yugo has a palatable voice that feels just as warm as the music itself.
Things start off strong with “I Can't Wait.” The lead guitar work is exceptional here while the rest of the band creates an upbeat, buoyant groove. As far as choruses go this one is one of the most catchy and single worthy of the batch. The song relies on a classic rock template and gets away with it because of the performances.
“Mexico” has more of a country vibe but feels aligned with the first song. There weren't any surprises on this song but again it succeeds because of the performances. The next song “Always” does contain a surprise but it wasn't one I was all that crazy about. Paxton Styles pulls off a rap in the middle of the song. There is nothing inherently wrong with the rap itself but it felt sudden and out of nowhere to me.
“Mathematics” is a bit of deviation from the previous material in that it's more nostalgic, dramatic and thought provoking. Certainly not a bad thing especially since the band pulls it off. The band closes strong with “Dust Has Settled,” “Already Won” and “Nowhere Fast” all which are poppy song which are founded in Americana rock.
The Mavins are in no way reinventing the wheel with this EP but are tipping their cap to some of the artists of the past while embracing their own songwriting. I’d say that's plenty of reason enough for you to take a listen.
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