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7.8

Songs
Songs

Sydney four-piece, Songs - who recently took out the award for 'hardest band to Google' - mix unbelievably addictive riffs with incredibly addictive choruses to create songs that are really addictive. It's kind of like Heath Ledger in that movie Candy (too soon?) where he couldn't stop taking drugs, so much so that some might say he was 'addicted'. Even when he moved to the country to get clean and hang out with that guy that looks like Bert Newton's son he couldn't clean up his act. Yeh, Songs are like so addictive that even if Matty 'Punch' Newton's doppleganger had made a beat-boxing cameo appearance it would remain unscathed.

The opening track, KC's In Trouble, is arguably the most brilliant local indie pop jam this year. It's unclear whether or not it's a song about the less talented half of KC and JoJo and the realisation that JoJo is probably going to go solo and end his free ride. It's not really important what the song is about. It's pure, unapologetic pop-tastic fun, wrapped up in a warm cuddle of sunshine and melodic surf rock.

The remaining three tracks that fill this EP follow a similar vibe of catchy-as-fuck swooning rock, delivered in various moods and from slightly differing perspectives. While they don't reach the instant appeal level set by the opener, they play an admirable supporting role and complete an EP which above all presents a band finding their sound and sticking to it. They play their hand well and don't attempt to bend their sound around corners it isn't built for.

Songs is over before it even seems like it has begun, leaving the listener half unfulfilled (or half fulfilled if you are an optimist), and longing for more. It will be interesting to see whether or not the group has enough variations on their already defined style to stretch out their sound to a full length release. We hold our breath.

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