James Forward, Jake Mills, and Connor Cunningham met for the first time as college freshmen in Boston, but their blissed out jangle rock makes their California origins apparent from the first listen. Band said to have honed their signature sound playing the Boston circuit as Waldo, opening for The New Pornographers and Childish Gambino after winning Battle of the Bands at Tufts University.
After graduating, James, Jake, and Connor decided to stick around the Boston area, continuing to make music as they adjusted to new work schedules and a new band name. Their first release as Dang Clēts is the culmination of two years of living, playing, and recording together.
Opening ‘Lines’ is suitably busy guitar wise with vocals smoothed naturally or by computer with the trio taking things more seriously as the band is moving their talents to Los Angeles, and that’s the slight route of my indecision. please keep it guitar lead and a bit rough around the edges. but it’s all premature and unfounded once you press track 2 otherwise known as ‘I/She’ still punches beyond it’s parameters, it sill remains a well crafted song, followed by ‘Whips & Wild Horses’ which begins with the repeated refrain ‘How was I to know” the song suggest a little fraying matched by suitable smile, only slightly tempered by last song ‘Could Be Nice’ is sun-drenched but completed by the dexterous guitars lines keeping things real no throw away, a fairly good end of a solid EP.
To most Dang Clēts will be a fresh name nothing to be too wary about, as an release it’s very positive. But if they can keep the balance intact and progress the trio’s future holds promise. 7.7/10