Though Two Words is the debut EP of Never Ending Avenue, the short compliation of songs stands out from the first chords in Last December.
My first thoughts are how similar they sound to early Blink 182, with the lead singer perfecting that American band-boy drawl with a backdrop of heavy guitars and foot tapping beats. Last December is upbeat as a song but the lyrics are rather romantic. It’s a sweet and simple song which is the perfect opening to the EP.
Doug’s Song is a little more laid back and I like the added spoken vocals over parts of the song as I feel this always adds a more personal and humorous twist to music. The song is fun to sing along to, although it’s one of the shorter tracks of the EP.
Nervous Wreck doesn’t stand out to me too much and sounds much like the other songs in the album, but I think it has the capability to grow on me. On this track, the vocals are just that bit more clearer and easier to understand when the instruments drop out which is a nice touch.
A firm favourite of mine is Lovely Addiction – even the title of the track draws in me. The lyrics in the chorus are pretty basic, the vocalist singing ‘You are my lovely addiction’, which I can’t decide if it works or not. On one hand, it’s different and straight to the point but it fails to stand out.
Calling Home starts off well with a distinctive rhythm and really well rounded guitar chords, but unfortunately this doesn’t keep up for the rest of the song with this dropping down to a more subtle beat when the singing cuts in. The remainder of the song kind of blends into the rest of the EP and doesn’t really stand out, which is a shame as it started off really strong, but I do enjoy the vocals in this song and feel the vocalist is a bit more creative for this track. It’s also nice that this song is aimed at/for family, which is nice and a bit different than a typical song about a girl.
Premature Ejaculation almost saves the EP entirely for me – it’s short and tongue in cheek (obviously), but it makes me laugh and once more makes me think of a really old school typical pop punk EP – very similar to early Blink.
Vocalist Trevor Thelen has the old school pop punk band vocals down to a tee, but I think too much of it could come across as whiney. As a whole, for the band’s first EP, Trevor’s voice shows clear talent, but I think with more time his vocals will be more perfected and just that bit more rounded.
As a whole, there were both parts I did and didn’t like from this EP and it was very 50/50 for me, but I think overall it’s quite enjoyable considering you remember it’s a debut EP. It’s a strong start for a first release from a band and although Never Ending Avenue have a lot to improve on, this EP proves that the talent is still there.
Although average, this EP is a good attempt from a band that have promising talent if they put the work in.