KOBAN: Solid Gold: EP

Such a great record! Four songs of post punk/goth that captivates from the first listen. It’s bass and guitar driven, with the vocals sitting just underneath the drum machine that keeps time; dark and cold with a little bit of warmth from the bass. The approach is minimal, very much like Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures (but more jagged), then there’s some contemporary references to be thrown about. Blank Dogs comes to mind. However, Koban is not a tepid knockoff band. They are certainly shaping their own style. Although, the beat of “Solid Gold” reminds me of This Mortal Coil’s “The Last Ray,” just played faster. Other than that, the guitar is screaming and ringing out, while the bass is ever so cool. The way the guitar comes out of the darkness in the opening of “Turn Him On” is fantastic. The vocals from Brittany Westgarth sends it over the edge. I play this record over and over, wishing it would never end. I’m of the opinion that if you don’t have this record you’re really missing out and making a mistake. Correct it while you can. An “absolutely must own” record.

 –M.Avrg (The Broadway To Boundary, thebroadwaytoboundary.com)