Waxing nostalgic for the glory days of shoegaze? The Morning After Girls can offer you some relief. Recalling that genre’s best elements (think the soaring guitars, jangly rhythms, vocal harmonies, and dramatic high/low dynamics of bands like Ride, Catherine Wheel, Swervedriver, the Verve, and even My Bloody Valentine) while avoiding the mumbly vocals, navel-gazing, and overindulgence that eventually killed it, The Morning After Girls have managed to create music that blurs the line between the familiar and something quite special you haven’t heard before.
New Yorkers by way of Australia (and actually not girls at all), Sacha Lucashenko and Martin B. Sleeman — who form the band’s core — write songs that both provoke thought and evoke emotion, something rarely found in today’s new music. In just three songs (and two remixes), The General Public EP demonstrates the band’s impressive range, expressive soul, and sonic prowess.
The featured single, “The General Public,” is marked by hypnotically beautiful vocals encased in a rising and falling wall of powerfully insistent guitars. “Turn Away” is equally catchy, simultaneously stirring and dreamy, with more exquisite harmonies and swirly guitars. Taking things down considerably, “Tomorrow’s Time” is a bit reminiscent of Mazzy Star or something off of the Verve’s A Storm in Heaven, nearly acoustic with hazy-lazy guitars and an occasional tambourine shake.
Capping off the EP are two Stealth remixes of “The General Public.” Both stay pretty true to the original, adding layers of urgent sirens, squelchy sounds, and fuzz over top. The Stealth Fabric remix keeps things more on the distorted/experimental tip, while the Stealth Club mix brings the percussion front and center, setting the whole thing to a dance-floor-ready beat that builds to a crescendo before gently coming back down.