Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Ashbury - Ashbury EP

Ashbury's first, self-titled EP has drawn the inevitable comparisons to Joy Division, and Interpol -- but these are only superficial observations. The band's grasp on melodies and hooks is strong enough to make each of the six songs stand on their own, while still coming across as a consistent whole. With Blood On Stone standing as the highlight, the EP is an interesting mix of balance: Danceable but not disposable, melancholy but not depressing. Taking inspiration from their early eighties predecessors, Ashbury have created a sound which may borrow sonically, but has a distinct feel of it's own. With a new EP on the way, they will have a chance to show that their talents can extend beyond the solid consistency they exhibit here. An impressive debut.