Toronto's the Dying Arts play in-your-face rock and roll that's bound to be a lot of fun live. On their five-song debut EP they swing between post-rock aggression that nods to METZ and a 90s-Canrock-leaning style that's unfortunately more like Econoline Crush.
The self-titled effort has producer Jon Drew's (Tokyo Police Club, the Arkells) polish all over it. It's a thick slab of guitar rock, though the four-piece moves nimbly between full-throttle power and more open, textured and ambient sections in every song.
When doing the latter, things get fairly forgettable, which also happens when Mike Portoghese trades in his excellent throat-scraping screams for melodic singing, like on slower tunes Snake In The Grass and Control, where a dated, commercial sound creeps in. Here's hoping they stick with the visceral punk power of Scratch and Bed Spins instead.
Top track: Scratch
The Dying Arts play the Horseshoe on Saturday (June 7).