Pistolita - The Paper Boy EP
Record Label: Montalban Hotel Records
Release Date: March 30, 2010
It was March 22nd, 2006 when I discovered this band. They were on tour with Saves The Day, Circa Survive, and Moneen. They opened the show and I remember standing there with my arms crossed looking at the stage before they began playing. I turned to look at my friend and said ''Great, probably just another boring unknown band with a keyboard opening the show.'' I know, it was rather ignorant of me to say that without even hearing them first and trust me, I have wised up a lot since then. I didn't appreciate music as much as I do now. Once they started performing my opinion of the band instantly changed as their music was quickly grabbing my attention. From Conor Mead's boldness to express his emotions with his singing voice to the eerie piano sounds some of the songs possessed to the fresh sounding guitar riffs, I became a fan of this band in a matter of minutes.
The Pistolita ended up splitting sometime in 2007, two years later they reunited with some new members and a new sound. Four years after their incredible debut full length Oliver Under The Moon was released, The Paper Boy EP made its way into digital stores everywhere (maybe not everywhere!). If you are a fan of Pistolita and have yet to hear the new EP, don't expect it sound exactly like the full length. The ''new'' Pistolita decided to change it up this time around and take some chances. Right away you notice the change with the first actual song on the EP ''Ceiling Stars''. Meads raises his voice at the listener as the song begins as a more straight-forward piano rock track and continues to do so to start the EP off strong and memorable.
Following it up would be my personal favorite track on the EP, ''Emily'', a track where Meads' voice is a tad reminiscent of Chris Carrabba's, starts off with a slow, eerie piano. Shortly after, it goes silent for a second and the drums kick in as the same piano sound returns with the addition of guitars. Meads' voice is somber throughout the verses but once the chorus approaches he raises it as emotion spills from his voice, sending shivers down your spine.
The closing track, ''Gray'', is the perfect way to end this excellent EP. The majority of the chorus is the main thing that stands out to me as it is a great way to put Pistolita's music career even if that isn't what the song is about. ''You can try to forget me all over again / You can try to forget me until I am just a darker shade of gray / But I'll come back from the grave...'' (and let's stop there!). To me, that just says that they can continue to put out great music no matter what they have gone through as a band.
The Paper Boy EP displays the band's new sound with the addition of bits and pieces of what made Oliver Under The Moon so fantastic. It may also be a small preview of the next full length Pistolita will be releasing whenever that may be. Personally, I hope they stick with the EP's sound but regardless of what they do, everybody should go write it down on their list of most anticipated because Pistolita is back with a vengeance!