Late Night Beers - Waking EP
Record Label: Self-Released
Release Date: June 5, 2013
It's absolutely freezing in my dorm room, the time is nearly 2 AM, and I'm leaning back at my desk while the last few chords of Late Night Beers' Waking EP ring out. This is the first time I've listened to it, and after three stellar songs (I was actually kind of pissed when it ended), I have no choice but to press play again and let the melancholy brilliance sink in.
It's two weeks later, and after several late night...errr, walks, I'm realizing what works best about the Waking EP is how each track seems to effortlessly swing in and out of each other, all the while standing as individuals. Opening number "Isn't It Pretty To Think?" shows us in with plodding, rhythmic guitar that brings with it a certain surrealism we all find familiar. After briefly dropping into a dark break, the strumming resumes, backed by a sea of distortion. The vocals of these first two songs are somewhat eerily reminiscent of Morrissey, while carrying that DIY-vibe that feels as though the songs are being played directly in front of you in a sweaty VFW hall (and that's no knock towards the production; it's really quite fitting). "Chiminea" elaborates on its predecessor, packing more of a punch and touching down on the themes of the EP's name ("You should open your eyes/It's time to start the day"). The lyrics are actually slightly more upbeat than the music might lead to believe, and when the track explodes backed by excellent vocal harmonies, we're given that glimpse of what may come in a band's future.
With the title track closing out the EP, we find a mixture of both the band's best musicianship and least enticing set of vocals. It's not bad, and as a closing track, it does its job well (enough so to convince the listener to search for more Late Night Beers releases, to no avail). With only these three songs under their belt, it appears all we have in return for these New Jersey rockers is complete anticipation for another release.