TabloidTV – ‘Mixed Messages’ EP – Review
TabloidTv are a Dublin based alternative indie band. Their five track debut EP “Mixed Messages” was released on the 7th of November and produced and recorded in Storm Studios by Francesco Gatti. Having already gigged in Whelan’s last year and now the Grand Social, TabloidTv are definitely establishing themselves in the Dublin gig scene.
The first track ‘Winter Days’ is an upbeat tune and one that was stuck in my head after listening to the EP. The track opens with a capella vocals before the guitars kick in. It was a song that made me want to get up and dance. ‘Always Hold On’ has a consistent upbeat tempo with strong vocals. Next up is ‘Check/que’ which was released as a single last year. This track reminded me of the sounds of Northern Irish indie band Two Door Cinema Club. Again, it is a fast paced number with an edgy sound. ‘Let’s Dance’ is a track I found myself singing along to after a second listen. The harmonies are tight, and it is a spirited track that has an optimistic feel about it. The EP ends with ‘Runaways’, a slightly slower tempo compared to the rest of the tracks. The verses are calmly paced building up to faster choruses where the drums are prominent.
It is clear TabloidTV have a number of musical influences. As already mentioned, I was reminded of Two Door Cinema Club as well as The Kooks, Bombay Bicycle Club and The Artic Monkeys. While I enjoyed this EP, at times I did find it difficult to distinguish between some of the tracks as they were very similar sounding. ‘Winter Days’ is definitely the stand out song. Overall it’s a strong EP with a distinct sound.
‘Mixed Messages’ can be purchased from Bandcamp.
Review by Anna Henderson