Easy get right to the point on their debut EP, Nothing New. Opening track and lead single “Goodnight” is a power pop call-to-arms for the ages, replete with handclaps and throaty harmonies—it’s impossible to tell the verse and chorus apart, and it doesn’t even matter. " /> L.A. Record

EASY: NOTHING NEW

February 22nd, 2018 | Album reviews

EASY
Nothing New EP
Eliminator/Burger

Easy get right to the point on their debut EP, Nothing New. Opening track and lead single “Goodnight” is a power pop call-to-arms for the ages, replete with handclaps and throaty harmonies—it’s impossible to tell the verse and chorus apart, and it doesn’t even matter. Rote imitation might be a badge of honor among most pop geeks, but Easy succeed at synthesizing some disparate influences. (As if writing a great pop song isn’t enough.) Lead singer Josh Landau’s snotty, finger-wagging wail and keyboardist Ben Brown’s junky Farfisa recall late ‘70s Elvis Costello, while the song’s knee-sliding, autoerotic guitar solo references Landau’s work in The Shrine, a rock band as sweet and heavy as molasses. The slower songs on Nothing New—the title track and “I Won’t Bleed For You”—inch pretty close to Aerosmith territory, and not even the band’s complete earnestness can absolve those motifs of their inherent corniness, refreshing as it may be. But Easy make up for these minor missteps with “Everything Goes” and “When The Flame Goes Out”, two pop-rock triumphs that will make you feel like electric guitar music is still the coolest thing on the planet, at least for the length of a few sublime minutes.

—Morgan Troper