We Do This ‘Faraday Wave’ EP Review

Indie pop, the lighter and less depressing offspring of emo and alternative rock, is the name of the game for Adelaide duo, We Do This. At first listen, it’s hard to fathom that this is just two guys stationed at the helm of their musical ship. However, John De Michele and Jose Tortabu are together able to brilliantly steer their sound in a direction that has gained them community radio plat throughout Australia and headline shows in Victoria, South Australia, and the U.S. On November 15, the band released its debut EP, Faraday Wave. Containing the kind of music you might expect to find on a quintessential hipster playlist, Faraday Wave boasts a number of impressive tracks, getting the feet tapping, the head bobbing, and the blood pumping. It is more than just average, run-of-the-mill indie pop; it’s enlightened rock music, inspired by everything from 70’s punk to the gritty teen angst anthems of the 1990’s.

The EP opens with “Sensation,” a reflective and riff-filled jam. The song perfectly sets the tone for the rest of the record, arguably offering one of the catchiest, most nostalgic three minutes in modern indie pop-rock. “Nobody’s Going Home” is hauntingly beautiful, and its super-sonic riffs and drum beats will leave you cranking up the volume and chanting along. Without falling completely into hipster clichés, We Do This rearranges old thematic and sonic elements into something wholly new and fantastic, of which “Losing You” may stand as the ideal example. It’s a classic lyrical theme combined with a modern instrumental twist, turning De Michele’s soaring vocals and Tortabu’s killer beats into a melodic and poignant anthem.

“Elevator” reveals more of the duo’s well-crafted riffs and lyrical whimsy, inviting listeners to get lost in the musical scenery and bob their heads to the infectious beat. All of We Do This’ songs, however, are visually evocative, painting truly ethereal landscapes through their lyrics and melodies. For instance, “Static” is the king of tune that you’d perhaps find playing on your hipster friend’s tape-deck in their beat-up car, while on an evening road trip and chain-smoking the night away. Finally Faraday Wave ends with “We Are Electric,” an airy, 80’s new wave inspired upbeat track that has an almost John Hough’s movie feel to it. Blessed with cheesy, 1980’s feel-good vibes, “We Are Electric” is the jam, although we may not admit it, that we all want blasting from a stereo as we make our way across the school’s football field with one fist in the air. (Don’t deny it, you know it’s true). An epic way to round out an epic EP!

Unless you have that one self-important friend, who wears ironic T-shirts and eats Nutella by the spoonful, then it’s probably unlikely that you’ve already been listening to We Do This’ innovative brand of pop-rock stylings. The dynamite duo is crafting tracks with more instrumental talent and lyrical skill than traditional indie pop fare, and Faraday Wave is a clear marker of the twosome’s incredible abilities. Do yourself a favor; grab a copy of Faraday Wave and check out this relatively undiscovered gem! Here’s hoping that this 90’s alt rock, new wave, 70’s punk infused EP will be your gateway drug into the irresistible duo, We Do This.

-Lauren L.


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