What do you think happens when you give your favorite band a demo of your band’s CD? Well if you’re Massachusetts’ Blackout Balter, The Killers will end up loving the demo enough to fly you to their studio to produce your next EP.
And that’s exactly what happened. The indie-rock band’s resulting EP, Twist and Bend, is full of brilliantly crafted music that twists and bends in all the right places.
The release kicks off with “Marionette,” a pulsing electronic-influenced song that sets the tone for the entire release, followed by the mesmerizing “Goodbye Cambridge” which features Dave Keuning of The Killers on the cello.
“Everything Becomes Mechanical” is destined to be a radio hit with quick tempos, echoing vocals, and a catchy chorus. “Girl, you’re dragging this out. No need to wait for the morning sun,” frontman Phil Cohen sings. “Hello Operator,” on the other hand, has eerie undertones emphasized by ringing guitar solos and Misha Kostandov‘s careful keyboard work.
Nowhere is The Killers’ influence more evident than in “Heavy Hand.” The song sounds like a mid-2000s alternative rock song, with its bass driven tracks that quickly build up and then ease back down.
The EP is packed to the brim with massive choruses, and even catchier melodies that display just how great indie rock music has become. One listen is all it takes to get hooked on Blackout Balter. These indie rockers are just getting started. But, at this rate, it seems like they’ve been going at it for years.