Anthony Doran (vocals/guitars), Kevin Trask (bass) and Frank Mirabelli (drums) are You're Among Friends. Doran and Trask have a long musical history together going back about eleven years. Apparently, they have a bit of a Spinal Tap type of thing going on because Mirabelli is the band's sixth drummer. They recently released One Day You'll Look Back which is a four-song EP which continues and arguably improves from their previous release As We Watch the Years Go....
The band gets going with “I'm Happier Now” which sounds about as cheerful as the title. It’s jazzy, loose and easy to appreciate. The guitars are clean and is supported by a slick drum beat and bubbling bass line. I really enjoyed the opener. It's a simple song but extremely catchy.
“Back to Work Tomorrow” reminded me of Mac Demarco within the first fifteen seconds. However I felt the vibe and feel changes to almost something more funky when the verse hits. Similar to the opener the song is catchy and infectious.
“You Lost Interest First” is the arguable highlight. The song felt somewhere between The Shins and Johnny Cash. There’s a pretty wicked guitar solo around the one-minute mark that hits all the right notes. They end with the melodic and somewhat ’50s inspired “Not My Thing.” The verse in particular has a ’50s feel but goes into a more indie rock-eque feel when the chorus hits.
The one thing I would like to hear from this band at some point is to get away from the lo-fi bedroom recording aesthetics whether by going in a professional studio or doing it themselves. It can work on some genres but for this EP it doesn't seem to do it justice. For reference Father, Son, Holy Ghost by Girls might be a good starting point.
This EP was short, fun and an easy but delightful listen. Recommended.
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