DATE NIGHT WITH BRIAN: Self-titled: CD

This three piece consists of friends Ean, Reba, and Brian from bands such as Sicko, The Cripples, and Primate 5, respectively. At the time they started playing music, Ean and Reba (a married couple) were using their date nights to practice with Brian, hence the band name! Musically, they branch off the tree of ‘90s college rock, citing Sonic Youth, Guided By Voices, and Dinosaur jr. as main influences. Their song “Anywhere” also reminds me of R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World” because of the breakneck speed of the lyric delivery in the verses. Within this five-song EP there’s quite a bit of fuzz and distortion, plus male and female harmonies. I love it when drummers sing in bands, and Reba is no exception. The melodies this trio produces, compounded with lyrical imagery, is ripe for listening on a carefree, sunny day. Even the second track, “Supervisor,” takes a lighthearted spin on not wanting to be at work when they sing, “I won’t be in today / We all need time away.” You can truly feel the love in this room with this EP playing on your stereo, making it perfect for a date night with anyone – even if it’s just yourself. –Kayla Greet (Top Drawer, tdrecs.com)