The Perks – At the Docks

a3016499308_16The Perks, from near Las Vegas, are a five piece alternative rock band with a sound somewhere between The Strokes and The Killers (also from Vegas). With a mostly upbeat, guitar-driven sound, The Perks would fit well on most rock or pop radio stations.

At the Docks is not a new EP, but was suggested by a friend. According to their website, and album is in the works for this year, plus there is a new single, called “Enough of This Place” available now.

“Not My Home” is a solid indie pop song with smooth guitars weaving through reverb like dolphins playing in waves. What really grabbed my attention, though, was the second song, “Sirens”. It starts with a thirty-two second, slowly-building intro and then jumps into a fantastic guitar riff that’s part Muse and part Celtic jig. The song then takes several pleasantly unexpected turns. It’s a great example of tension and release.

“At the Docks” brings us back to a more mainstream, “radio friendly” sound.  I can hear in my head a crowd singing along to the second half. “Razorblades” features some very Keith-Richards-like guitar work on the clean lead that accompanies the vocals.

At the Docks is available on iTunes and Amazon, as is the new single “Enough of This Place”.

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