Ok, it’s not that aggressive, they are not the second coming of Pantera. But what they offer is something that flows right in with the best in alternative music. The power that made their first EP one of my favorites of last year, comes through again with even more eclectic influences. From the first track, “Gazed Out”, you are taken to another place. If you close your eyes, you can feel an ethereal musical landscape come through. The band does so much to propel you into a new wave of attention that by the time you get to “Cryer”, you are prepared for one hell of a record.
There are moments that are purely rocking here, and some that are subtle and quiet. There’s a balancing act that is here that reminds me of Silversun Pickups and even a little Jesus and Mary Chain. However, the band puts together a sound on their own with a focus on guitar driven melodies and strong alternative rock leanings. It’s hard to put these guys in one box, as they rise towards several genres as they go through different sound waves. If you’re a fan of shoegaze, alternative, and strong leading vocals, this EP is going to fit right in between the aforementioned bands and even a twist of Starflyer 59.
My favorite track is “Pop the Ripper”, which is a stand out on the EP. With 5 tracks, the band manages to flow through different eras, push you through various melodic rock styles and maintain focus on cohesion. This is another one of those records that you want to listen to all the way through. It’s a journey of sound, and it doesn’t let you step off the ride until the last note is played.
Overall, The One2s come back with another representation of what good music is right now. I can’t wait to see what they do next. I’m hoping an extended tour and a major record label debut, they are definitely the next big thing, if you ask me. Of course, you didn’t, but then again, whoever does? I love this record, pick it up, pay attention, and put on some headphones, this second helping sounds awesome.
Get more info on The One2s via their official website here. Catch them on Facebook here, and listen to them below or get their records on their site. You owe it to yourself.