Little Brother is the newest offering from the Massachusetts-based rock act Yellabird. There are only five songs on this EP, but man does it cover a lot of musical ground. Opening with the hard-hitting stoner-influenced tune “This Old War,” the band immediately caught my attention with its raw, overdriven qualities.
Things quickly change though as on the second track, “Darlin, Sugar,” Yellabird segues into a dirty little blues number that (for me at least) was a bit of a let down; the tune is decent but also bit boring. Track three, “Breather”, once again totally switches gears with a harmony-laced, Middle Eastern-influenced acoustic number that is quite interesting and showcases the band’s depth as songwriters.
Next in line is “Johnny Law,” another hard rocking, riff-driven, trippy kind of tune that I feel is actually the album’s best. The EP comes to a close with the title track bringing things full circle and returning to a heavier, doomy vibe. All in all I think Little Brother, while a little too “all over the place” sonically, is a decent listen and I can see myself revisiting at least a few of these tunes again in the future.
01. This Old War
02. Darlin, Sugar
04. Johnny Law
05. Little Brother
Run Time 23:25
Release Date: August 29, 2013
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