The Easy Get Out have the unenviable task of proving their lo-fi alt-rock meddle against a sea of like-minded artists who are all doing their best to differentiate themselves from this extended pack of musicians. Thankfully, though, The Easy Get Out possess a talent for rearranging the familiar sounds of this genre into something that feels refreshingly devoid of artifice while also retaining the churning weight of their influence. Filled with deep grooves and pliable melodies, the band knows to rock out while still expressing the subtlety of their inspirations and all without fear of succumbing to the homogeny that often accompany these sounds.
Built around the combined creativities of Christopher Coles, Jake King, Brach Burdick and Evan Wright, the band looks for ways to turn the listless movements of their chosen genre into a dynamic expression of their collective musical experiences. Owing as much to the determination and wiry execution of classic indie rock as it does to the muscular blueprint of alternative rock, their music is always in a state of flux, filled with constantly shifting rhythms and deceptive arrangements. Even when they seem to approach a given song under simple pretenses, there's usually something complicated rumbling just beneath its surface.
On their debut self-titled EP, they forgo the usual listless motions of mainstream alt-rock and embrace a more subdued pop-rock theatricality that still provides a suitable jolt through your nervous system. From the slight guitar funk overtones of opener "Explosions In My Drums" to the classic rock swagger of closing track, "Momo," the album never misses its chance to mess around with our expectations and offer something completely unexpected. The guitars can be shimmering and slick, but they can also be rough and coarse when necessary. And it's in these gray areas within their aesthetic that the band finds the true emotional resonance of their sound.
Other songs, like the expansive "Little Bird," with its bouts of affecting fretwork, and "Leave Your Doubts On The Doorstep," which possesses a certain pop-punk swagger, are evidence of the band's predisposition towards uncommon musical construction. These songs aren't working from some blatant rhythmic affectation but are content to allow their inner workings to resolve at their own pace, free of the burden of their specific influences. This EP (I mean, it's 8 songs so it could very well be a full album) doesn't waste any space or opportunities, utilizing every moment of free time to further the reach and spectacle of the band's ambitions. And in that realization, they have created a collection of songs that explode with a wrought-iron conviction and a definite sense of their place in the world.