Band: The Electric Pencils
Label: One Man Movement
Released: February 2016
Well, I’m going to just come out and say it, after checking out The Electric Pencils self-titled release I’m a fan. This record boasts solid rock n roll that has a nostalgic sort of indie twist that is quite charming and disarmingly delightful. It’s simple, catchy with a wonderful sharpness that defines their sound. The main appeal here though is the seemingly minimalistic approach that is easy to get behind.
While this record is something that one can jump about and flail around to, it also has a style that borders on the psychedelic—for the latter example I’m, specifically thinking of the track “Extra Curricular.” Other tracks worthy of note are “Yellow House,” the upbeat but clean “Stick It Together,” and “Should Have Been Here Yesterday.” However, despite some highlighted tracks, listeners will have little trouble recognizing a consistency here.
Overall, it’s a constant feel good ride that one can put down and pick back up again from where they left off. With other likeminded records I might be hesitant to sing such phrase, but the Electric Pencils have a sound that is worth getting behind. So, if you wanted to pick up a record, there is no doubt in my mind that this is it. It’s well worth the pocket change.
-Nick Kuzmack (Nix Beat)