Fresh off signing a deal with Fearless Records, Australian pop-rock natives Eat Your Heart Out have got their second EP of year good to go in ‘Mind Games’, which follows-up from their Ed Sheeran cover that featured on the label’s latest Punk Goes Pop instalment. Now with a stockpile of material to work with, and plenty of experience on the road supporting the likes of Knuckle Puck, Trophy Eyes, and Hands Like Houses, ‘Mind Games’ marks the start of the next stage.
Vocalist Caitlin Henry delivers a smooth vocal performance across the board on this EP, with honest lyricism throughout the six songs, displayed best within the defeatist and hopeful choruses of ‘Cellophane’ and ‘Rock Bottom’ respectively.
Guitarists Will Moore and Andrew Anderson consistently deliver crunchy melodies that compliment Henry‘s vocals. Chugging chords and a twinkly lead line pull EP opener ‘Rust’ along perfectly, and gives the song’s chorus that extra punch needed to immediately strike a strong impression on the listener.
A guest appearance from Movements frontman Patrick Miranda sees ‘Conscience’ take a far more angst-driven turn in contrast to the rest of the record, however, it makes for an effective change in pace, and its an indicator of the one of the directions that Eat Your Heart Out could venture into with future releases, and indeed an eventual full-length record.
While ‘Mind Games’ does feel fairly repetitive in places and isn’t the most varied combination of songs, it still holds up as a solid release, and ensures that Eat Your Heart Out‘s future looks very bright.
Written by Phoebe Constable (@phoebecnstable)
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