SPELLS: At Sea: 7” EP

Let me just throw this out there: Spells are incredible. Reviewing this record was a pleasant surprise. In all likelihood—unless this band explodes (hopefully)—I may have never heard this release. Extremely well packaged, four-track EP by this Denver quartet. Three hundred copies of this sucker exist, which seems low to me, but what do I know? The quality of the songs is remarkably high. The production’s dead-on for Spells’ sound (huge) and the tracks themselves are catchy. In a nutshell, it sounds like veteran band’s record, rather than a new group (which, apparently, they more or less are). Great Rocket From The Crypt style-tunes, with a nod to Dillinger Four here and there, while sticking close to the rock to a traditional rock band formula. I’m impressed. Mastered by the one and only Daniel “Hajji” Husayn.

 –Steve Adamyk (Snappy Little Numbers, snappylittlenumbers.blogspot.com)