First of all, Tokyo Police Club wins the award for best album title of the year, hands down. But the band should also win an award for most fun album of the year; Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness (Part 2), despite only being five songs long, is reminiscent of early 2000s garage bands in the best way possible.
“My House” opens this short and sweet EP, a punchy and sharp track that will instantly captivate you. There is a grungy, earthy aspect to the track that conveys authenticity; I can actually imagine the band performing this song in one of the member’s basements for a chill house party with crappy beer. If that’s not nostalgia, I don’t know what is. “Awesome Day” slows it down a bit, but still manages to be fun and upbeat. This track is completely relatable, as we all struggle to figure out where our lives are going; it is the epitome of optimism. “Hang Your Heart” opens with a super groovy guitar refrain, leading into an addictively smooth and emotional chorus. There is a soulfulness to this song that the other tracks on the EP don’t completely capture, but “Hang Your Heart” manages to master it. “Living Like This” brings the energy back with an incredibly catchy chorus, perfectly encapsulating the indie rock vibe that Tokyo Police Club is known for. “Vertigo” is arguably the darkest track on the EP, with haunting backing vocals and heavy electric guitar usage. The chorus brings the pep back, utilizing simple lyrics and sharp guitars.
Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness (Part 2) is an album that needs to be featured in its entirety on an indie teen film. Vocalist David Monks has a voice perfectly suited for indie music, and the instrumentals on this EP are top-notch, creating a short, but sweet, and wonderfully spunky, EP.
4.5 out of 5 stars
Dine Alone Records
Must-Listen Songs: “My House,” “Living Like This,”
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