Title: Dorian EP
Catalogue Number: No catalogue number
Review Format: EP
Release Year: 2008
Dorian have a fairly unusual line up for a 3 piece band (so it says here in the press release anyway…) of two guitars, drums and a laptop. Not that unusual in the indie rock world, I would have thought but it is the songs on this 3 track EP that are important here.
Kicking off the EP is "The People Line" and it does so with a suitably big bang. From the bombastic drums to the layers of angry guitars, this is right little stadium filler and you can even sing along to it. Following on is the rather subtler "Toy Guitar" that allows the vocals to escape from the guitars and is all the better for it. Rounding off things is "Can't Turn Me Round". Now this is quite a catchy little song that shows a decent amount of imagination and hints at quirkiness and that bodes well for their development as a band.
Whilst it is no doubt fashionable to squeeze those power chords into every song, it does not mean that it is always a good idea. Since it is so common, it is not even going to become a sonic trademark. The songs - especially "Can't Turn Me Round" - are well above the average but, at the moment, they sound too much like other indie rock bands.
May 26, 2008
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