Our first act is a fast growing american indie pop duo known as The Score.
The band is formed around Eddie Anthony on guitar and vocals, with the help of Edan Dover on Synths, Piano, and as the act’s producer in the studio. They employ extra touring musicians to cover the parts they couldn’t do themselves live such as the drums, backing vocals, and bass.
They are also very active on social media and youtube, posting snippets of live performances, vlogs, song teasers, and behind the scenes parts of each song’s production. The band is active across all forms of social media, including twitter, instagram, and facebook. Their instagram is active every few days with updates from their US tour and can be found at:
Formed in New York City but now based in Los Angeles, the duo are growing fast and may have a chance to challenge for international radio time soon. Their debut single Oh My Love was released via the music sharing site SoundCloud in January 2015 and quickly built themselves a fan base on the potential of only a single song. The song gathered over a million streams in the following six months, mostly from the UK, and saw it licensed for adverts for many high-profile brands. The popularity also earned them a record deal, signing with Republic Records who has previously worked with artists such as the late Amy Winehouse and more currently Ariana Grande.
Their Debut EP Where Do You Run was released in September 2015 featuring their debut single Oh My Love with two more EPs, the Unstoppable EP and Myths & Legends, being released in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
I’ll focus on their most recently released EP, Myths & Legends, for this post but that is certainly not to say that the two other EPs should be glossed over. The Unstoppable EP features some excellent tracks and is well worth a listen, notably its title track Unstoppable and The Heat.
The Score, to me at least, sound like someone stole The Black Keys’ gear van and gave it to Imagine Dragons to experiment with for a long weekend. They expertly combine a few notable influences to carve out their own style in an already highly competitive genre. Legend’s opening guitar line and vocals seem inspired by The Black Keys’ Tighten Up and Howlin’ For You, with a fuzzed out guitar and flowing vocal hook that repeats throughout the choruses. Its a riff that sticks with you long after the song has ended and will certainly stick in the back of your head for weeks to come. The recording style is very similar to The Black Keys, with airy, lightly distorted vocals, and a chaotic yet clearly defined sound for each element of the song. A strong opening track to the EP that encourages you to delve further into what might lay in store.
Miracle has a vibe reminiscent of Imagine Dragons’ Believer and Radioactive with a little sprinkling of American Authors. It carries the same rhythmic power that Believer moves with, and is just as deliberate in its delivery. It starts with a stripped back intro and adds a layer every time it passes through a chorus, with the last chorus and outro driving the song towards a grand finale that culminates in vocal harmonies, synthesizers, and guitars that combinein a magical fashion to finish. It manages to end well by giving each instrument a distinct voice against the sonic backdrop that allows you to pick out each element that makes up the last 30 seconds of Miracle.
The second half of the EP continues their poppy sound with Revolution before ending with a more traditional guitar driven anthem in Higher. Revolution doesn’t offer much of a change of a pace of the song that precedes it. Both are songs based around the vocal lines with a synth to emphasise it before stripping it back to vocal melodies and harmonies in the choruses. Revolution feels much more like it has its own take on a proven formula whereas Miracle sticks to a more Imagine Dragons-like proven vibe, and for that reason it sticks out to me more as a track that I would specifically go back and listen to after. If I want to listen to an epic-sounding anthem that’s memorable i’ll stick to the band with a few more years experience and a more refined sound.
From my own run through the Myths & Legends EP, the guitar-driven songs seem to have more substance to them and give The Score a distinct sound that I remember them for. The Guitarist, Eddie Anthony, sounds more at home with a guitar around his torso and belting out his vocals as opposed to just having a microphone in his hand. Higher allows him to show his skill with a six string while also belting out the lyrics in a truly exceptional manner. He seems far more comfortable pushing his voice on the guitar-driven tracks, showing his true talent, whereas the duo try to keep it restrained and controlled on the more electronic tracks. Higher and Legend show the band at their best, with more energetic performances and memorable records. These two songs will definitely make it to my regular rotation, with Revolution and Miracle falling back to an occasional play when the time is right.
Overall, Myths & Legends is a strong EP and with multiple other songs in their Spotify popular feed gathering over a million streams each it’ll be a surprise if this act doesn’t continue to grow well into the future.