By John Bedard

Artwork for the Structure/Average At Best EP by SunlinerIf you have read my reviews in the past you know that, when I like an EP, I always end up complaining about how short it is. I know that is kinda the point of an EP, but when music gets my attention, I want to be able to ride that train for a good 50 minutes. It does not help that EPs tend to grab my attention easier than albums as well because EPs tend to be when bands try new things and I love that experimentation. Now, with that tangent aside, is this an EP that I am going to complain was too short and beg for a full album in the future? ABSOLUTELY!

We have a wonderful melodic punk album that I would also say has an indie flare to it. It brings to mind visions of a San Francisco coffee shop and that kind of a carefree day. It is the kind of musical style that you feel and experiences emotionally rather than anything else. All carried along by a great guitar tone that has just a slight overdrive to it and plenty of complexity to keep your interest. All this is complemented by a slightly broken up vocal that wonderfully fits the style. I would say the vocals are slightly buried in the mix at times but it is a very minor issue and does not harm the experience at all.

So, yes, I wish it was longer. I wish there were more. I look forward to hearing what Sunliner comes out with in the future as this little taste is great. Go out there and pick this one up. You won’t regret it. I would not be surprised if either of these tracks do well on the radio and I wish them the best there. If this is the kind of music we could expect on the radio I would start turning it on again! The first track is called ‘Average At Best’ but I would say this EP is nothing short of fantastic!

  • ‘Structure/Average At Best’ is released this Friday (22 May). You can get your copy HERE.
  • Sunliner hold an online release show, also this Friday.

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