Psychopath Etiquette, from Southern Maine, debut their new EP with a folk and rock blend that not all can successfully combine the way brothers David Sprague and Mark Sprague do. This isn’t some out of the blue formation it is two brothers deciding to finally make a record after many years on their own entitled Rough Draft. It’s hard to think of a more appropriated title for their first EP, as it suits them right down to the ground from square one together. I was captivated by every track for each of their own set of reasons to go over.
“Trash (Treasure)” is a wonderfully titles opener with words to back it and music to compliment it and that’s why it makes a good opening track but would also do well placed anywhere for that matter. It is a song that holds its own whether accompanied by the rest or not. And while not the best track on the EP, it is certainly not the worst by any stretch, as I don’t think one track on it can be flawed. A couple of tracks might not shine as bright as others, but opinions always vary and so does musical mileage.
“Life” perks up after that and you find yourself living it like Psychopath Etiquette for the next few minutes, and that is not a bad thing as it takes you on a more rocking ride than the opening track even manages to do. They both equally merit by the time this is over and you’re not thinking of walking away, because you’ve just gotta hear more. The third songs starts and you can’t help but think it’s going to be something a lot different, but it fools with an eclectic intro but it turns out “In My Time” is one of the hot picks with its more youthful sound.
The duo’s influences start to be felt and you can hear the likes of Third Eye Blind and Damian Rice, as mentioned in their bio. I was hoping to hear some of that influence, but it was nowhere to be found in the first two tracks, but it starts to show midway through. “Heart Vs. Head” also shows some of their influences, but it comes out to be one of the most original tracks in the process. In fact, I could use a few more of these on top of what is already a great release.
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“Show And Tell” cruises along with one of the more mainstream sounding tracks and it can take more exploring that others on Rough Draft, and it is also one of the obviously more personal songs on the EP. I still like this one but it’s probably the least exciting to me. But “When Anxieties Attacks” answers back with a song of perfection as it seals the recording with an epic song for the masses. And this is where I ultimately tip my hat to Psychopath Etiquette for coming out with a full circle of tunes to round out a debut EP.
by Bethany Page