Writing about bands is sometimes a bit of the same old same. Reading about them even more so...therefore I'm not going to beat around pleasantries when it comes to Furnsss. Having released their latest four track EP New Moves earlier this year, where each track truly offers something equally exhilarating and yet different, here's a closer look at maybe the stand out Indie EP of the year.
Jansport is the track I wish I was travelling with right now. You ever heard anything start with such a knowing note, resulting in a marriage of beach guitar and an irresistible exotic? Throw in a Doors organ riff and we've got something very cool on our hands here. Best described as a track which is epitomised by a 1970's filter. Bleeding retro and nostalgia, here.
"We changed our name to Furnsss in 2013 when we felt like our music was going in a very new direction. At this stage of the band, there isn't really a consistent line up. pretty much every show there are different people playing. We want to go as far as we can, while staying realistic and conscious".
#12 Looks Just Like You is the big noise track. That semi-removed vocal "wake up and go to sleep" could find itself at home on a later Cribs record. The Connecticut group find the perfect balance between clean cut guitar and heavy riffs. Is it the catchiest of tracks? Probably not, but then it offers a lot in terms of cool once again. "Death or paradise"? Closer to paradise, we think.
"New Moves was recorded from February to April 2015. Versus Silent Gold, we made a more conscious decision to use more analogue equipment, such as our four track tape recorder. New Moves for us was chance at a clean slate. There are a few minor things we should have put more work into, but overall we're proud of how it sounds".
Slow Dark Water is the best track on the record. Stripped back guitar introducing a double strum heavy riff is Furnsss' best sound to date. With the "hmm-hmm" chorus, this is their noise. I want to say something about greats of the past, like Weezer or Silver Jews, but nah. Now fast forward to 1.22 on the record. Listen to the middle eight, repeat this over and over again. Enjoy.
"We just recorded a few tracks for a 12 inch vinyl split coming out in 2016 at some point. Some of us are playing in another band called Cool Dad right now, too".
Manic Pixie Dream Girl is the final track of the EP and it's three things. 1.) A title of enticement...who wouldn't want to find that dream pixie girl? 2.) And strangely, but also rather quaintly, a homage to Kurt Cobain. Ignore the opening, but listen to the diminished guitar thrashing, repeat note bass, and vocal line. It's very Nirvana.