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WESTPARK: Orange County, California

Review written by Rob Treanor 

“Keep it simple stupid.”  These were the words of my drum teacher when I first started playing in bands as a teenager, letting me know that it is not what you can play but how well you play the tune.  This certainly is the philosophy for independent California alternative- indie trio Westpark, who’s self-released EP, Simple Thoughts, proves that one can perform well executed pop tunes without flashiness.

As the title suggests, the band relies on minimalist pop hooked song structures by keeping it simple but groovy.  Once one listens more critically, one can hear influences from across the board ranging from garage rock to blues to even post hardcore at some points.  Lead singer and guitar player Shiva Verma’s versatile vocal abilities also supplies the EP with an earnest and soulful tone to the album which will most certainly give this group an edge in an era of dime a dozen garage rock bands.  A highpoint for the EP is during my personal favorite track and the closer, Intaglio, whose aggressive instrumental bridge is reminiscent of modern progressive post-hardcore acts such as Circa Survive.  This is the only moment that the band explores such tendencies, and I can only hope that they pursue more of this style in their future works.   For those who are fans of the Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not era of Arctic Monkeys however, this certainly is the record for you.  Distorted guitars, fuzzy basslines, and danceable drum orchestrations echo throughout the short but concise six track album which hits just over the 25 minute mark.  Although at some points it is obvious Westpark is still trying to figure out their own sound and direction as the EP unfolds into some moments of cloudiness, their ambition and modesty shows a bright future in the horizon.

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