April 29, 2013 No comments yet
Brooklyn based band The Doorbells first caught my attention when opening for The Neighbourhood earlier this year at Glasslands. There was something so Bravery-esque about their sound, which as a big Bravery fan I was of course enjoying. So much so that I checked out their 2011 debut EP Want Your Evil and fell in love with the stand out song Too Young. That love and curiosity had me at their next show at New York’s Mercury Lounge where in a short period their live show as just as good as I remembered, closing out with mine and evidently most of the audience’s favorite song “Too Young.”
Since then, I’ve kept in touch with the band as they have been working on their EP and got the opportunity to hear it first and provide an album review. Recorded at The End studios in Greenpoint and produced by Adam Korbesmeyer, the Belong EP is compelling collection of four songs that balance the line of 00’s alternative and indie pop (The Bravery meets a slightly happier Walk the Moon).
The title song off the album “Belong” is my first and favorite. Gritty and aggressive, the melody and lyrics are as infectious as they are unforgiving. It riles you up in the best way possible. “Now or Never“ and “This Can’t Be” slow down a bit, finding a sunnier space of sound about relationships at the brink. The fourth track “Hurts” appropriately feels like a cinematic conclusion to an alternative EP infused with pop pieces and carefully crafted choruses to get their songs stuck long enough in your head to warrant a replay and satiate your appetite for some quality alternative music. The Doorbells Belong EP is out tomorrow April 30th on iTunes and Spotify.
Listen below to the third single “This Can’t Be” and my favorite song off the EP “Belong.” And check out more of their music over at SoundCloud.