Use As Directed – Any Other Girl EP
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: August 8, 2010
Fresh out of high school, Aurora, Canada’s Use As Directed have eagerly embraced their love of softer pop-punk/rock music with their debut EP, Any Other Girl.
How is it?
Any Other Girl is a fine beginning for Use As Directed, combining slower rock tunes with infectious poppy hooks. The prime example of this combination being title track “Any Other Girl,” which begins the EP as one of the slowest tracks on the record. Despite the cliché lyrics about a loss of love, the track sets up the EP well as the pace picks up over foot-tapping inducing chanting. “Change Your Mind” is a faster number, courtesy of vocalist Keegan Powell and guitarist Adam Gitto. Lyrically, the track is the antithesis of the opening track; however, it is still by no means a lyrical highlight.
“Wasted” begins with a country-esque feel (see The Maine’s latest record) and in fact is incredibly reminiscent of The Maine’s latest single, “Right Girl.” Being as that track is one of few decent tracks by The Maine, this is not by any means a terrible comparison, as the track is indeed appealing and diverse for Use As Directed. The final “All That I Want” features an especially catchy chorus, although again is nothing special due to the rest of the track dragging on.
While Any Other Girl does have many faults (lack of originality, cliché lyrics, etc), it is a definite opening for Use As Directed into the genre. If they can continue to experiment and find their own sound, as they lack a true identity, UAD could definitely end up making a name for themselves in their genre.