LIFE - R UD W N ? EP
Record Label: Urbantone Group
Release Date: June 18, 2014
As far as band names go, Life is as bad as it gets. Thankfully the music more than makes up for it. On their five song EP R U D W N?, the band makes a giant statement that they are one of California’s most promising new acts and one the nation should keep an eye on in the years to come. R U D W N? opens with the titular track, a silky smooth cocktail of pronounced bass, sinewy guitar and some crazy good vocals from frontman Moi J. Quinn.
The trio surges forward on the bombastic “Kill the Messenger,” a horn-laden dose of bombast, polish and a vibe that promotes both hip-shaking and beer-swilling. That same sentiment is carried forward on the should-be-single “Kids,” a bass-heavy song that races like a speedboat and never once relents. Add in a splash of horns and a damn perfect chorus and the song is absolute ear candy. R U D W N? presses on with “Better Days” a brassy affair that deftly balances groove-based verses and a wickedly catchy chorus. Of all the cuts on this entirely-too-short EP, “Better Days,” is one that represents a true melange of sounds. R U D W N? concludes with “Burning Up,” a reggae-tinged dash of Caribbean calm with a towering chorus and some of Quinn’s best vocals.
Though the EP is far too brief, one thing is absolutely certain: Life are a band with a very bright future. Everything about R U D W N? Is sterling. Giant choruses? Check. Superb vocals? Yep. Easygoing music without pretense? They have that too. There’s literally nothing to dislike about this EP. Tailor-made for summer beach drives and late night shenanigans, R U D W N? is a first-rate work from a band that deserves both wider appeal and wider recognition.