EP Review: Live at PATS
Stripped back and relaxed, this EP by Pax Atomica is easy to lay back and chill out to on a sunny afternoon. Its overall sound reminds me of 'Blood Sex Sugar Magik' by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and there's a guitar and vocal style reminiscent of Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys.
In 'No Shy Man', the recurring guitar riff carries the song in a strong harmonic and rhythmic fashion, maintaining a laid back indie-rock feel with a nice groove. The catchy melody also sticks in the listener's head, particularly on the lines 'I don't have time for your objections/bold men don't need protection'. The alliteration on words like direction/objection/protection at the end of each main instrumental break are clever and work well with the vocal melody.
'Matter of Time' is more laid back and the slowest of the three. Like 'No Shy Man' it is very stripped back. While all three tracks are well done, I felt the first two were a little too thin sounding and less 'full' than 'Friend of my Friend', which is my favourite of the three.
'Friend of my Friend' has a great jazzy intro and a Ray Charles-esque quality to it due to the blues harmonic progression. It makes great use of space and the walking bassline which follows the vocal and piano melody. The idea of 'the friend of my friend is my enemy' is interesting due to its themes of jealousy, and goes against the usual phrase which is 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend.' Overall this is a chilled EP with a lovely easy-listening sound.
Listen here: https://paxatomicaband.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-pats