Well, here we go again! It’s time for a premiere. Wash yourselves in a bath full of anti-bacterial gel, shave all your hair off, and sit your lovely sanitised bottoms down to prepare for a gorgeous EP called Dandy. It’s by Noble Vices, a self-described three-piece “power indie” band who’s lead singer, Mark Ferritto, took the time to email us and wish us well. Did you do that? No. I don’t see any emails from any of you; not even a “PM me, babe” on my Facebook status about a vague issue.
We begin this incredible journey into the Dandy EP with a guitar riff that you’ll sing badly afterwards for hours. It’s an energetic way to start with Peccadillo; a title that forced me to look up the meaning, so I didn’t look stupid in this review. Google says it’s “a relatively minor fault or sin”, and then gives the rather disturbing example sentence of “the sexual peccadilloes of a celebrity aren’t necessarily news”. That’s something the creepy bloke with an odour problem at a party would say, but thankfully the track itself is an astounding opening to what is a superbly varied record.
Up next is In And Of Itself, and I’m in love. This one is my personal favourite from the EP; it’s got an eighties power ballad feel mashed in with a modern touch to it, and as I sit here scoffing a larger than life crumpet, I realise Noble Vices have such a deep, different sound to them it’s tough to describe. So that’s the end of my review, thanks for reading! Just joking; I have a word count to hit.
One thing I have to touch on is how brilliantly the vocals compliment the instrumentation. It’s like Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry having a baby – as much as you may or may not want to admit it, that kid is going to be bloody beautiful. Mine would look more like a playdough figure made by a six-year-old. Anyway, I’ve gone off track, back to the EP. It’s a joy to listen to as we traverse our way into the next track, Dandy. Yet again, we’ve got a belter on our hands. As cliché as it is to say, Noble Vices have created a recognisable and unique quality to their music, leaving an identifiable mark on the mind of the listener.
Dandy concludes with The Year Of No More. It’s a profound one, but now I’m annoyed at Noble Vices for only giving us four new tracks. I want more, you bastards! Seriously though, they end on a note that leaves you happy; giving you an emotional fifteen-minute journey that brightens your day. I’m a person that allows music to affect my mood more than it has any right to, and this EP has actively made my day just that little bit better.
Dandy by Noble Vices is out now. Treat yourselves and give it a listen.