The Clock Work Army's new EP is called A Catalyst for Change. I have a feeling it's going to be just that for the band - they're about to move out of that comfy little room and into hordes of adoring fans. Loaded with talent, chemistry, and energy, they're well-equipped for a loyal following. At her quieter moments, lead singer Emily Neveu has a jazz singer's timbre, but can project it with all the power of Nancy Wilson. The band is credible as both a hard rock and a power-pop outfit. These five songs are little treasures.
The Day We Woke Up Without Mouths is the obvious mp3 post. It starts like one of Metric's numbers, uptempo and irresistable from the start, with inspired interplay between synth and electric guitar dancing around pedal points, layered over a dance beat. It's pop perfection, and it ascends into guitar rock bliss before ending.
Supplemental Love and Read Me A Story aren't as radio-friendly, but are just as enduring. They feature piano lines that have a melancholy creepiness straight out of a Tim Burton movie. Just before it lulls you to sleep, Read Me A Story transforms into a turbulent rock riot.
If the songs on their upcoming full-length are as good as the five songs on this EP., sign me up as a volunteer recruit.
The Clock Work Army mp3s:
The Day We Woke Up Without Mouths
Read Me A Story
Join the hordes. Own the EP.