Prepare yourself for your new favorite band. No, really. It’s rare to find a sound so refined at such a fledgling stage, but Portsmouth, UK’s Midday Committee have found their niche. While at times their vocals may seem rough, and their melodies simple, don’t let this fool you - they know exactly what they’re doing. With their third and latest EP, Girls In Open C, the pop punk four piece are set to steal some hearts with their fresh, summery hooks.
With an impressive drumbeat, we’re launched right into “I Swear To God I Am Going To Pistol Whip The Next”, a song which title lasts longer than the fifteen-second introduction. This is a solid start, with the dual vocals from Rich Sanders and Keiran Heath immediately appealing, making you want to learn all the lyrics so you can sing along. The steady riffs and well-paced rhythms of this song serve to highlight the massive chorus that is sure to take any stage by storm. And watch out for that breakdown - it’s powerful enough to sweep you off your feet. With barely a moment to lose, “Maybe I Should” steps up, and the winding guitars take precedence here. But it’s the gang vocals that truly sweeten the deal and transform this track into a real summer anthem.
Slowing it down with “Casino”, this is a song to fall in love to. You can already tell that Midday Committee are destined for bigger and brighter shores than their hometown of Portsmouth. There is nothing about their music that isn’t appealing, so let yourself fall in love with the band too.
“Hometowns” heavily echoes You Me At Six’s “Underdog”, but the vocals soon overshadow any comparison - this is a band that don’t need to share the spotlight with anyone else. “Hometowns” is about not wanting to waste any time, something the band proves with “Games Been Called” up next throwing staccato riffs front and center, guaranteed to get your heart racing as fast as the melodies. There’s not a chance you won’t be singing along once the South Coast quartet are finished with you.
Drawing the EP to a refreshing acoustic close, “Just Me And You” brings in the vocals of Christina Rotondo, a charming rough-and-ready ballad of honest and youthfully tender love. Rotondo’s vocals are a sugary-sweet drop of honey to the often-coarse melodies, sending chills around the room, in the best way possible. It is the perfect way to cement in anyone’s mind the talent the Portsmouth quartet have showcased in every single song. Girls In Open C will make you want to hit play and listen to it all over again.
Girls In Open C
April 7th, 2014
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