If I catch myself standing up from my computer chair while listening to an EP, it’s usually a good sign.
That’s certainly the case for Silencer, the third EP by Brooklyn’s Monograms, self-released April 21st. Silencer opens with ‘Sharp Teeth,’ a 4-minute banger that evokes the immediacy of 90s grunge and keeps things catchy. The refrain “Your smile, my disaster” echoes in your head after the song is over. I particularly enjoy songs that evoke clear imagery and ‘Sharp Teeth’ delivers on this without being too on-the-nose with a narrative. The script for the music video I made up in my head writes itself.
As we move into ‘OK Promises,’ the group’s psych influences make themselves more apparent. With toe-tapping choruses, a dash of shoegaze guitar work and vocals that could be compared to Wolf Parade’s Dan Boeckner without being too derivative, we’re now in the middle of a record that would sound great cruising down the open highway.
If that’s the case, ‘Radio Control’ is the song that would get us pulled over for speeding. After about three and a half minutes of warm garage goodness with another sing-along chorus, we end up at ‘Trails (Boombox Anthem),’ an accurate parenthesis if there ever was one. Monograms are grooving here, weaving guitar chops with a slinky bassline and driving drums.
Monograms keep it short and hit hard on Silencer, a collection of four driven songs that put their best foot forward and leave the listener wanting more.
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