When rock bands make acoustic records, it doesn’t always quite translate as well as the artists may envision. On other occasions, such things can be a decent stop gap between proper releases and may even prove to stand alone as a quality collection of songs. This brings us to the new 5 track EP from Aussie pop-punkers, Columbus.
Next To Me is made up of 4 stripped back versions of older songs and a brand new track, which opens the EP in fine form. It’s clear from the moment you hit play on this that purely calling it an acoustic record doesn’t do it justice. Right off the bat, you’re treated to a full band sound complete with drums and sweet sounding vocal harmonies and it’s impossible to not imagine the song going down a treat in a live setting. It’s a melancholic opener with morose lyrics and a soft vocal delivery but ultimately leads to an extremely catchy chorus that’s destined for sing-a-longs.
Say What You Want follows suit. It’s doesn’t deviate much from the opener sonically but this is by no means a bad thing. It’s another dreamy pop jam that works perfectly in this more acoustic based form. Downsides Of Being Honest is a slightly slower paced affair and it ramps up the sadness a tad but there are still trademark, pop-punk ‘woah-oh’s’ in the distance. Lyrically, the whole EP sounds lovelorn but combined with the musical canvas offered up it wouldn’t be out of place blasting out the car speakers during a summer drive.
The EP ends with Raindrop which may be the highlight. It’s the most aggressive track, both vocally and musically and the guitars seem to ramp up and get a bit grittier while the vocal performance is the most rugged to be found here.
It’s clear that Columbus didn’t just knock this EP together and that a huge amount of care was put into it’s creation. Next To Me is more than something to pass the time between albums, it’s a fine addition to this young bands growing discography.
A fine little EP filled with dreamy acoustic jams.