Posted on July 29th, 2014 (12:00 pm) by Jesse Clark

The Tins' career has been traveling like a freight train at full speed since the release of their 2012 debut Life's a Gas. Their new EP, Young Blame, shows that the blossoming band has begun to find their place in the spectrum of pop music. Drummer David Muntner has stated, “Young Blame takes what we have learned from our earlier recordings and refines the best parts, putting a greater emphasis on the vocals, the interplay between band members, the combination of electronic and organic elements, and the dynamics throughout each song.” The cohesive sound is a result of Adam Stanley (guitarist) and Michael Francis (keyboards) sharing the role of vocalists in a simpatico relationship.

Young Blame is what the mainstream has been waiting for, and they are going to love it. Besides hip-hop, the other two current major music genres are pop and EDM. The Tins aren't exactly either because they've combined those two elements to create their own brand of psych-rock, titillating the eardrums and making the brain happy. They are giving us the chance to change the downward spiral of manufactured music by offering us an alternative to the generic bullshit the radio gets paid to feed us each day.

"Let It Go" starts off with a light rhythm heavy with cymbals as an electrically charged bass groove slowly creeps into our ear holes. Meanwhile, Stanley and Francis interline their voices of poppy guitar chords and synthesizers as the drums pick up and come crashing down. The lyrics preach the most simple, yet infeasible, mantra: to just let things go and move on. As easy as it sounds, it proves to be nearly impossible actually follow through with. "They Aren't Evil" seamlessly mixes electronic components with instrumentation, stimulating the ears and challenging the mind to differentiate between which sounds are organic and which are artificial. The melody seems like it should've already have been thought of, yet at the same time, it's euphorically original. Michael Francis does an excellent job using his keyboard to supplement for their lack of a bass player, crafting sonically charged grooves that are not unlike most bass lines in pop music, but have a funkier edge. Listening to the actual drums being teased by mechanical noises and artificial rhythms proves to be some of the most fun on the EP. A summer satisfying guitar riff rips open "If You Want To Navigate" with a mixture low and high octave synths drizzling technicolor beams of light on the alternative drum beat. The track sounds somewhat reminiscent of Dr. Dog and The New Pornographers. They take standard pop music and give it their own twist, turning ordinary melodies into a flash flood of electronically infused psych-rock. "Sylvia, Before The End" sounds like an acoustic rendition of a MGMT or The Shins melody, but once the organ begins to bellow, the tambourine starts to shake, and the strings come whisking us away, we soon get the picture that The Tins are not copying anyone other than themselves.

Adam Stanley proves his skills as lead and rhythm guitarist and David Muntner shows us that he can hold the band together better than Gorilla Glue. Young Blame is blistering with rock and soul. We cannot get enough of it. These guys are on their way to doing big things and we can't wait for them to come out with their next full-length album (whenever that might be). For now, we can be thankful we have their first album and these four awesome new tracks to hold us over until their next release.

Track List:

  1. Let It Go
  2. They Aren't Evil
  3. If You Want To Navigate
  4. Sylvia, Before The End
The Tins: Young Blame EP
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