Michigan duo Get Tall seems rather attentive on their latest EP. Despite its title, A Little Less Bored, and track names that echo the snarkiness of emo’s fifth party wave (see “Thrash Bandicoot,” with its pop-punk muscle and bared teeth), this Midwestern act has plenty on its plate, including Nick Diener on studio bass for a vibrant, full-fledged experience. Diener’s production, in particular, weaves in between Fat Wreck Chords-era punk (“All Dogs Go to Kevin”) and East Coast emo (“Not Morbid, Just Forgetful”) while Ryan Hahka’s lyricism pushes forward like frantic texts shared between friends. Like a forbidden eavesdropping on a somber, drunken conversation, A Little Less Bored‘s most magnetic moments are its most raw, defending this band’s crossover appeal at the edge of fun and forlorn.
A Little Less Bored will be released tomorrow on CD and cassette via Chatterbot Records.