The fuzzy guitars take a rest for ‘Letter of Complaint’, where Katherine Whitaker’s vocals lose their sultry edge and take on a softer tone, complete with sweet “oohs” in all the right places. But the hooks come straight back with a vengeance with newest single ‘Telling Lies’, another instantly addictive track with a killer guitar solo. Evans The Death have planned the track listing to a T, never overloading the listener with too much at once, and taking time to show the full variety of what they’re capable of. The only problem is that even the routine of fast / slow gets a bit samey; ‘Telling Lies’ is followed up by the lazily crooning ‘Morning Voice’, which takes a while to get going before being replaced by album highlight and presumable fan-favourite ‘Threads’. With its crashing drums and Long Blondes-esque frenetic pop, it’s easy to see why it was their debut single, but it’s also a shame to see it hasn’t really been topped by anything else on the record (although ‘A Small Child Punched Me in the Face’ comes close for its title alone).
Ending on the gorgeously sparse ‘You’re Joking’, Evans The Death’s debut album is full of promise in bitesize two-minute chunks, and we can expect to see more from them in the future.