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EP REVIEW: So Many Animal Calls – Burden

EP REVIEW: So Many Animal Calls – Burden

Artist: So Many Animal Calls
Album:  Burden
Number of Tracks: 4
Release Date: 26 May 2014
Label: Bloc+Music

Following their début EP Eulogy, which was released in 2011, the Glasgow based band are back, and most definitely going to succeed with the new release, with three original members and one replacement, Sean McKenna (vocals & guitar), Ross Stewart (guitar & vocals), Ross Coll (bass) but now with new addition of Sam Leighton (Drums) are releasing their new EP titled Burden.

Since their debut release in 2011, So Many Animal Calls have received a lot of attention, from coverage in Rock Sound Magazine, The List, Is This Music?, and BBC Introducing, as well as being a support to bands like Little Comets and The Xcerts.

Starting off the EP, the first track is From the Sick Bed, which, simply put, is a fantastic track, with a interesting and attention grabbing intro, solid sounding verses and a chorus with has a real sing-a-long vibe to it, seeing that I can imagine that when So Many Animal Calls perform this song live, I would bet that people will be singing along to the line “If I could take this from you, and burden myself with it I would”.

My Blood’s Not Mine starts off with a really technical and funky sounding guitar pieces, reminding me a little of Don Broco, which when with Sean’s Scottish accent, makes the entire song sound so good.

Chromatography is for Cool Kids is definitely the slowest song on Burden, with very intimate and personal  lyrics, which makes it a real sing-song track. Comparing this song to the previous track on Burden, this song itself is a prime example of how much variation So Many Animal Calls are capable of.

The final song (sadly) on the Burden EP is Stories, which even though it sounds like quite a slow song, with Sean singing with only the guitar being played in the background, picks up and becomes a brilliant finishing track for the EP.

If you are a fan of either The Get Up Kids, The Promise Ring, Motion City Soundtrack, Twin Atlantic or Two Door Cinema Club, then I would hugely recommend this EP, and even if you don’t like those band, I would still say that this band is most definitely still worth a listen.

The only problem is that now, and I’m sure if you listen to this as well, is that you will have to wait for So Many Animal Calls full-length debut album, which when released, will be huge.

Burden is released via Bloc+Music and can be purchased from the band’s official Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon. Single From The Sick Bed will be available on 9th June 2014.

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