In this business of music/art, versatility always pays off in the long run, a belief that Clifton NJ’s France appear to have reinforced on their latest EP Remember Kids, Your Pigeon Is Sacred. The two-track EP barely hits the 7-minute mark, but there’s definitely a “quality over quantity” principle at play here. “Big Kids” sticks to a trusty “short, fast and loud” method, sporting big, driving riffs. The self-deprecating lyrics border on self-pity at times, but the energy levels prevent it from becoming too dour. “Honey” brings a more blues-oriented style to the table with hooks that are as thick and dense as the track’s namesake. The verses are like a tea kettle coming to a boil. Once the chorus kicks in Ken De Poto’s guitars rip wide open while Jared Saviano’s drumbeats fall like axe hammers before bringing things back to a calm.
Listeners who are already initiated will find that the duo have matured a great deal since their previous EP Rainbow Crow while newcomers will have a fantastic introduction to the band. It will be quite interesting to see just where Ken and Jared go from here.
Top Pick(s): “Honey”