Spies are back with a new EP and things have changed a bit since we last checked in with them. Less wiry and a bit less fidgety, Distant Shorelines find the band plowing a more ambitious post-punk furrow, but with the same sense of industry. The drums are booming, the bass rumbles and the guitars are wiry and refracted, while Michael Broderick’s vocals have something of a young Morrissey in them – his is an arch yet lilting yelp.
Second track ‘Mint and Lime’ is particularly momentous. The best of three songs on offer, it has kineticism and a piercing riff that lifts it above the title track (too pedestrian) and ‘November Sun’ (too disjointed) for which there is a video below.
You can stream the EP on the band’s Soundcloud or download it for €3 from their Bandcamp page now. And if you’re in London on 9th December, be sure to check them out at the Seabright Arms in Bethnal Green.