Hooded Fang's debut EP sounds so effortless, you'd never guess that the seven members had been together for less than a year when it was recorded. Executed with unfussy (and sometimes endearingly out-of-tune) production, the five-song EP is a perfect amalgamation of well-chosen indie rock influences: a pinch of Magnetic Fields on Fall Leaves, a dollop of Strokes and Stars on Land Of Giants, a side of Lambchop on Pageant.
Which isn't to say the Toronto band sounds like everyone else. Quite the opposite. For one, there aren't many bands aiming for "sunny" these days, and pulling it off free of twee. They also enlist different boy/girl singers and trade instruments on almost every track, incorporate unexpected trombone and trumpet and take themselves lightly in the lyrics department. An all-round victory.
Top track: Land Of Giants
Hooded Fang joins Bishop Allen at the El Mocambo Saturday (January 17).