Espedairs: Imposter – EP review

Espedairs

Espedairs

Imposter EP

DL

7/10

Liverpool indie punks, Espedairs bring out their new EP, Imposter.

Espedairs are a relatively new band on the Liverpool scene with Bobby Diamond (Guitar/Vocals), Alex Reed (Bass/Backing Vocals) and Ben Diamond (Drums). Their music is at times melodic, at times at the indie end of punk and the band have some pretty decent tunes. Imposter is their most recent EP and is available on Soundcloud.

Saints of the Day has a wistful quality, and a barrelling neo-folk vibe. Topped with some vocals that give Espedairs their punk edge, their slightly fractured quality is a welcome addition to the track, which is musically fairly standard. The song as a whole is extremely listenable and a good opening for the EP.

What a Shame is an understated punk song, which features experimental guitars and dead-pan, monotone vocals befitting the lyrics. The track is interesting and shows the potential Espedairs have. Its only downside is the repetitiveness, which suits the material, but can be a bit annoying after a while.

The title track, Imposter, has a good menacing feel. This is also a fair punk track. It is again repetitive, but the use of the driving rhythm and the use of the chorus make this track work better than its predecessor. The pared-down feel is a plus here. I liked its bare-bones quality. Possibly the best track on the EP.

The more melodic quality of There’s Nothing Down Errington Street makes for a change from the feel of the previous two tracks. The lyrics are a main feature here and some backing vocals fill the sound out nicely. The vocals are still on the punk side, but are just jagged enough to give the song personality; joint contender for best track.

Imposter is a good EP, but at times it feels a bit like the band are still finding their feet and their own sound. The tracks are all extremely listenable, though, and many people will love Espedairs just as they are. There is also a sneaking suspicion that they are very good live, but haven’t managed to transfer that excitement into their recorded work yet. On the whole, it is pretty good, but I expect, somehow, that these early EPs are only a starting point and that the music will get better and better. This is an EP that you should listen to and make up your own mind. The jury is out.

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All words by Roxy Gillespie. More writing on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive. She Tweets as @RoxyG100.

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