Open Letters

1-6 EP

Written by: PP on 23/10/2013 23:26:29

Open Letters are a punk band from Vancouver, whose debut EP is simply titled "1-6" despite only containing five tracks on it. They play with enthusiasm and decent energy, but unfortunately suffer from severe identity problems throughout the EP despite a couple of catchy riffs and vocal melodies here and there.

Their vocalist, who has a particularly female-sounding voice, falls squarely within the middle range of his kind, avoiding the fragile style of bands like Lemuria, Mixtapes, et al, but taking care not to go for the fiery, attitude-driven style of the likes of Brody Dalle (The Distillers), although the latter is probably more of an influence than anyone else. It's a middle-of-the-road approach that is missing nails (sorry - couldn't resist here) and therefore edge, leaving you behind with a 'was that it?' sort of feeling as the EP is done. It doesn't really sway your opinion of the band either way, it's just straight up, simple punk rock songs with a pop punk leaning throughout. And that makes it a difficult EP to review simply because it doesn't leave enough of an impression on its listener - neither good nor bad - to let me discuss it thoroughly. It's an EP of easy-going punk, where the band are still working out what exactly they want to do with their sound. Decent starting effort, but more is needed to capture my interest.

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Release date 14.04.2013
Self-Released

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