Club Smith - The Process EP
By Pete Angell
With the everyday name Smith in their band title you would be forgiven in thinking Club Smith are nothing more than ordinary. As it turns out, this couldnâ€™t be further than the truth. â€˜The Process EPâ€™ gives us a multi-layered four song selection that surpasses the plain repetitiveness we hear all too often.
Their brave formula twists the pop ideology to create a distinctive sound which grows with each listen. This EP actually feels like itâ€™s carrying on from their previous effort â€˜The Lossâ€™, further building on solid beginnings. The elements all remain which made them so damn ear catching in the first place. Their swooping sound is still there, harnessed by jingly-jangly strands of energy. Woeful lyrics give a critical cutting edge to proceedings.
â€˜The Green Roomâ€™ is the perfect opening to slide off the back of their previous work. A spiky and rhythmic guitar/drum combo leads us into a sing-along chorus which will no doubt be a live hit anywhere they take it. â€˜Causing Doubtâ€™ showcases frontman Samâ€™s indie style warbling in front of a tangy backdrop, while â€˜Do You Despairâ€™ anchors the EP with ready to implode desperation. Things are rounded off perfectly with â€˜Young Defeatistsâ€™; a full scale demonstration of both their musical and vocal variation.
They give off an audio vibe of static electricity firmly rooted within melodic craftwork. More of the same from Club Smith and we could be looking at a British breakout.