My night of EP reviewing continues on and I’m realizing just how many people are doing EPs lately. I know I’ve mentioned it before but I’ve never really been one for such short releases until I started writing reviews. I’ll be honest, I love the fact that I can have a review posted in under twenty minutes on these but I also love how the short releases really give you a snapshot of a band before devoting hours of time into a full album. But I digress– feel free to read my other posts on my rant on this whole new wave of people releasing EPs instead of full-lengths. In the meantime, let’s jump into ‘Dad Time’ from My Son The Doctor!
This four-song release kicks off with “Dancing In Your Basement” which instantly had me wondering if I should be listening to this in my basement. It definitely has a very boppy beat to it that made me want to move around but there’s also something calming about the vocals. I love the way the vocals and instrumentation seem to be doing completely different things while coming together to create something amazing. This track is ridiculously short and, before I knew it, it was done and the next song had taken over.
The abrupt ending of “Dancing In your Basement” lends itself perfectly to the almost jazzy intro of “Sturdy Ass Table”. This track is just a bit jazzier but, much like the first track, I found myself falling in love with the overall style of this band as this track played through. One thing that really stands out about My Son The doctor is the way the words are presented. They aren’t polished, they aren’t perfect, but they are so very My Son The Doctor and something that instantly had me sold on this band. Honestly, that vocal style with the almost marching band-sounding drums and the overall jazzy vibe had this track being an instant favorite.
“Fork” is the longest track at three and a half minutes but, even so, it felt like this track flew by. Again, I found myself completely captivated by the vocals. There’s just something so raw and seemingly random about the words yet they make sense and really spoke to me. This track has an almost garage-rock Vundabar with the honesty of something like The Front Bottoms. This track seems to have a bit more of a classic composition to it but I struggle to call anything about this track classic or even predictable. Overall, it’s just yet another amazing and fun track from this band that kept me on my toes throughout the entirety of it.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and this EP ends with “Blue Tank Tops”. Arguably the most “rockin'” track on this EP, I loved that, although the final song, My Son The Doctor was still showing some new elements that they have. I was so busy trying to find the words for this track that I didn’t even notice that it is the shortest track on the release at right around a minute and a half. I was half disappointed, half satisfied as I was left in the silence of my house (minus the purring of Artie who was sitting right next to my arms). This EP is short but it is oh so mighty and absolutely has me wondering if I should just give up on reviews for the rest of the night and dig more into My Son The Doctor.
My Favorite Track(s): “Sturdy Ass Table”
For Fans Of: Raw Vocals; Perfectly Imperfect Sounds; Garage-Rock Tendenices
Dance-ability: 7 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie laid right next to my arms; Autumn slept upstairs
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 8 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 8 out of 10
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