2. Destroy Mona Lisa
3. Untitled One
4. Either This Wallpaper Goes Or I Do
5. And We Became Picasso Pieces
6. Morality Police
Nephu Huzzband debuts with the Papers EP. Six indie rock songs in tradition of Interpol, Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand & the likes. If you look past the production which could’ve used some more work, you can hear songs with potential and a band that wants to do what it takes.
The lead track Papers is a pretty nifty track. It sounds like a more raw and unpolished Franz Ferdinand. Nephu Huzzband brings the song energetically and convincingly. And it will undoubtedly get their fans moving live.
Destroy Mona Lisa is a track that I particularly like. It lets go a little bit of the Interpol/Franz Ferdinand/Kaiser Chiefs-esque indie rock and shows a more forward approach a la Pixies or even The Cure. They can’t measure up with these bands yet, but they do show a lot of potential here.
The third track’s called Untitled One. It’s an uptempo track, and for some reason I feel like it’s Bob Dylan singing a Joy Division/New Order song. And surprisingly that really works. This is my favorite track on the EP.
Either This Wallpaper Goes Or I Do, this song came out best, sound/production wise. Soundwise it’s somewhere in the middle of Interpol & The Cure, and the vocals are very impressive, as is actually the whole song. They take down on the pace a little bit, which lays more focus on the actual song. Though some might miss the climax a little, I think it shows diversity and talent.
The next track, And We Became Picasso Pieces, is real indiecore, like a more alternative Air Traffic or a straight-forward Editors. Great work on the guitar and drums and passionate vocals. Another great song for live sets. Perhaps a good one to end the set with?
The EP ends with Morality Police, which has a very upbeat and almost new wave-esque guitar sound in it. Of all the songs on the EP this is closest to a sing along, and if there would be one single on this EP, it would be Morality Police.
This 6 song debut by Nephu Huzzband is a good example of where the band stands right now and it shows their intentions as well as their potential. The relatively poor production has an advantage also, it gives the songs a live feel and thus more soul. Not a bad debut at all.