EP Review: Places To Hide – Wild N Soft

Places To Hide are an indie punk band that formed around 2010 from Atlanta, USA that consists of Kyle Swick (vocals, guitar), Deborah Hudson (vocals, guitar), Steve Valero (Bass) and Gavin Caffrey (Drums). They are releasing their new E.P Wild N Soft through record label Tiny Engines, who they recently signed to this summer. Showing great promise in the direction that the band are heading in, a follow up full length album is already scheduled for sometime next year.

Title track “Wild N Soft” opens the E.P with a slow euphoric build up which then halfway changes the mood into a faster upbeat addictive melody, this also blends in perfectly with the equally catchy second track “Dogz”. “Cough Syrup” is a standout track on the E.P adding a more raw punky edge to their already diverse sound. The closing track and by far my favourite “Nowhere Bound” is a sleepy grunge epic that switches between vocalists exceptionally well, some great use of dynamics here that’s reminiscent of acclaimed song crafters like The Pixies.

My only real criticism about Wet N Soft is the volume level of the vocals which seem slightly quiet and distant, maybe this is the intent of the production but I’d really like to hear more of Swick’s and Hudson’s otherwise excellent voices. Places To Hide are band that I predict will create some exciting new music next year and are definitely one to watch. A step forward and a recommended purchase.

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Richard Neil

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