Having formed in 2010, it's taken a good few years for Louisiana-based band Hydrogen Child to really get onto people's radars. But with this 5-track collection, it's looking highly likely that from here on out, they're not going to be off those radars any time soon.
Title track "Sirens" makes for a strong opener, bringing with it an almost undeniable confidence and sense of positivity, with lyrics such as:
"“Never gonna stop me, never gonna break me, never gonna know."
In the past, the band themselves have said they're influenced by the likes of The Killers and, as the EP progresses, such influences become even more apparent, especially on "Satellite," which just begs to have feet tapped along to while vocalist Ansley Rimmer's delivery is confident and strong.
"Close Your Eyes" begins as if it's going to be a ballad, and were it just an instrumental, it might remind many of pieces by Sigur Ros, but, as the chorus kicks in, the tempo picks up and it becomes an enjoyable little number, though compared to its predecessor, it's rather weak.
Following on is "Lightspeed" which, with a rather disco-groove style beat, gives a good demonstration of how versatile the band are and in closing with "I Know", the collection ends on a simple, poppy, and lyrically catchy note.
Having already completed two stints on the Warped Tour and toured with Royal Teeth, among others, the band are no doubt hoping that this new material will see them able to tour via their own headline shows across the country and even branch out across Europe.
Time will tell as to whether that happens, but with music as good as this, it would be a shame to not let the masses hear and sing along to it.
Buy Sirens on iTunes here.