Is there such a thing as atmospheric metal?
There is now.
Why do I like this EP?
Reason one: The first song I listened to was the second song, “Pint of Blood,” which reminded me of when Cold War Kids were awesome. If you only take the time to check out one of their songs, make sure it’s that one. The guitar work may seem simple, but it whips right through me.
Reason two: Variety. After I heard the second song, I decided to listen to the whole thing in order. And I heard a lyric: “I’ll think about brushing my teeth. And they’ll be clean.” WTF? Who writes like that? Answer: These guys. And Wilson Getchell sells the line with so much passion, it sounds like his mother is dying.
Reason three: I love Patterson Hood, Steve Earle, old Ryan Adams, and muscular alt-country. And I don’t hear near enough of it anymore. Used to be the only thing in my inbox.
Reason four: Ambivalence. “Sometimes when you fly alone, you got to drink the entire way. And sometimes when you fly alone, you got all kinds of things to say.”
This band is smart, tight, and full of surprises. They’re currently on tour and have another EP, “Exile,” coming out on May 9, 2014.
A five piece band with a brass section. How can they not be having fun? Answer: It would be impossible!
“Free Candy” is the kind of album I wanted to sing along with right away, even if I didn’t know the lyrics. Hooks like “I wanna die in the sunshine in the city” punctuated by rhythmic “ooh-oohs” and tribal dum-da-dum congas, a coda of “Joy the to the World” at the end of a track, a song called “Get Your Shit Together” and another called “What’s the Fucking Point?”….
This is a party album.
And the more I listen to this one, the more I like it. Most music submitted to me goes right through me and I never want to hear it again. Some sticks to the ribs or sounds instantly familiar, and those bands usually get posted on. Then there are rare ones, like The Paths, that come back to me later in the week. I find a lick or a lyric stuck in my head and I ask, “What was that song I was listening to?”
The Paths’ sound is what I think of first when I think of indie rock. It’s got a creeping bass line, but it’s not slow. Vocals are thick and heavy, but sound young. More Joe Strummer ballad than Tom Waits depression.