Record label: Self-Released
It should probably be known – just for the record – that I adore most, if not all, things Bruce Springsteen. So, when I happened upon this EP from Tallahassee three piece ‘Only Thieves’, whose title and artwork pay such homage to possibly my favourite record of all time ‘Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ’ by The Boss, I was intrigued, to say the least.
Was I expecting it to sound like the Boss, yes, if I’m honest. Now, I’m not naive enough to suggest I expect this to be anywhere near as good as Mr. Springsteen’s debut album, and there is no lack of personal, yet insightful street level poetry set to a landscape of clean rock n roll guitars, but their sound seem to stem from powerpop, much more than they do Bruce Springsteen.
‘I Got Left Behind’, to me sounds like early Jimmy Eat World, whilst guitar tone-wise they pay reference to The Cure on ‘Watertower Scars’. ‘Ghosts in Your Room’ is probably my favourite song on the record. It has a really fun groove, a sense of urgency and a massive chorus.
The EP closes with ‘Does This Bus Stop a 8th Avenue’, another Springsteen reference and another strong song. The first half of the song remeinds me of Empire!Empire! I was a lonely estate, with its clean guitar riff and low key vocals, before it gains momentum and grows into a rocker of a track.
This is a fun, if unessential EP. Each of the songs is interesting in it’s own way, the lyrics are a tad repetitive, but the pop hooks are razor sharp. I’d say it’s definately worth a listen.