Mondays are a bitch, aren’t they? There’s not much that can help you over that seemingly insurmountable hump that is the start of the week. Aside from a breakfast beer, the only thing we can really think of is some solid tuneage, which is exactly what we have for you today.
Coming out of the Emerald City (that one up in the Pacific Northwest, not the one from that classic movie) this two-piece can produce more sound than your average five person band. Their sound is booming, to say the least, inciting references from that classic Homer Simpson line, “no, no, no, don’t stop a rockin’.”
Dropping today on your favorite music blog, Duke Evers are releasing their EP, Handful of Pennies. Officially releasing to the public tomorrow, this EP delivers eccentric guitar work and fast-paced, thundering percussion worthy of replacing the strongest cup of coffee you can find. “Lions” embodies the bands sound, creating a soundscape that calls on associations of The Killers, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Kings of Leon and other notable energetic indie rock acts. The crux of its attractiveness lies in its engaging, encapsulating and invigorating tempo, driven by drummer Kyle Veazy, who delivers a five minute ride thrill-ride.
Other tunes in the album display why this band has made waves recently at the Capitol Hill Block Party and CMJ in NYC. “Seaside” boasts a slightly more folk-driven feel in comparison to “Lions,” rife with a catchy hook and twangy guitar chords. It has the pop sensibility that will approach the masses, while still maintaining it’s indie originality that will have the blogosphere clamoring. “Pixies,” which is assumedly a tribute to the Boston-based alternative act, has a strong 90′s-style vibe. Lead singer Josh Starkel definitely harnesses his inner Eddie Vedder on this tune, providing listeners with strong associations to the great grunge-rock act of yesteryear.
As a whole, “Handful of Pennies” gives us a glimmer of excitement in an otherwise mundane start to the week. Press play, and get ready to grin ear-to-ear.