Octobers Are No Misfits With Stunning Debut EP
Appropriately named Octobers, their debut EP Misfits is probably one of the best autumn records of 2015 that you’ve never heard of (although in actuality this was released in the summer). It has such a cool and mature demeanour flowing through it that you would be hard pressed to believe that this band is as young as they are, as they already sound beyond ready to play together. Melding together many different sounds that range from Coldplay’s soft rock sensibilities all the way to the pomp energy of The Killers, Octobers impressively puts on display an exciting sound and cohesive in such a short period of time. Get ready for one of the best indie surprises of the year.
The EP opens with the titular “Misfits,” a straight-forward and poppy track that sounds anything but generic, with a tinge of nostalgia that may remind you of Rocket To The Moon and Rookie Of The Year. It’s a solid opening to the record, and of the four it is probably the most radio-ready tracks, progressing masterfully from verse to catchy choruses of “you’re a misfit baby.” Everything about this song is worth raving about, from the nuances in the guitars to the steady bass that walks through the track, all the way to Ellisay’s vocals and Gill’s clap-along drumlines, both of which add a very homely edge to the catchy song. All-in-all, a fantastic opening.
Nothing is slowed down once we hit “Nothing Lasts,” an apt follow-up to the first track. Octobers continues the autumn-like vibes with some more slick guitar work, and steady drum sequences, topped by some of the more true and honest songwriting from the record.
But it is in “Ghost Town” on track three where the record seems to hit a completely new kind of zen, one that sets it apart even from “Misfits.” This one’s got a slightly more angsty feel to it, in large part due to the chorus which sounds all the more melancholic thanks to Ellisay’s vocals. “Return this place into a ghost town” is such a powerful line to end the song, and with such a hooky and emotional chorus fans are going to love singing along to this one from start to finish.
The EP ends just as immense as it began with “WestCoast,” a heartfelt serenade to the scenic British Columbia coast that sings about longing and homesickness. Maybe it’s metaphoric for something like love, and with a hook like “West coast, wild blue / Oh I wanna be there with you,” this one’s got all the makings to be a fan favourite, and maybe even the best of the four on the EP. Just referring to the Pacific Ocean as “wild blue” is one of the bigger highlights on the entire record. Everything shines brightly here from start to finish, and it’d be a shame if fans didn’t chant along to such a moving conclusion to the EP.
Through and through, Misfits proves in just under fifteen minutes why Octobers is the indie rock band you didn’t know you needed. It’s almost unbelievable how much of their sound the band manages to demonstrate for us in such a short period of time, and it’s the perfect teaser that will surely make us long for more. Nothing sounds overly pretentious, and yet Octobers carries an energy that is far from underwhelming and feels well beyond their years. Of the songs on the record “Misfits” is the most radio-friendly song while “WestCoast” is the most moving, which leaves us to wonder how much higher the tracks could soar with an even tighter production value. But music fans are not going to care for tight productions when they hear the record for themselves, a four-track piece that shows off one of the most exciting artists this year to come from seemingly out of nowhere.