Label: Unsigned Release date: 03/05/10 Website: I saw Bright Spark Destroyer playing one of their first gigs supporting A Genuine Freakshow in London’s Bush Hall in February. Despite them being so new to the scene, they had a busy following and proceeded to play 30 minutes of experimental but endearing indie-pop that won over their crowd, even those who were not friends. In fact, it felt like they were your friends, such were the pleasantries shown by the band between songs. Now, three months later the five-piece release their debut EP ‘Holy Yell’. ‘The Dead Sea Scrolls’ has a Doves-feeling in its introduction with a slow but gleaming guitar part that soon breaks to life amongst lyrics discussing, rather aptly, volcanoes and mountain. With elements in the pop hooks of Bloc Party when they were good, it is addictive and the samplers and modest piano is used to an appealing effect. ‘They Already Know’ shows a different side to the band, while still retaining their character and traits, it has more ideas thrown in with the powerful guitars and samplers crashing against the passionate vocals to cause a ripple of anticipation. “You only want what you can’t have” is repeated endlessly and starts to feel quite hypnotic. Reminiscent of the great lost indie hopes of a few years back, Mumm-Ra, this is a band with more intelligence and guile than many peers but never forgetting how to write a classic tune. ‘The Shortest Distance’ is faster-paced, has a sing-along tendency and the backing vocals are exquisite before finishing perfectly. ‘Unknown Forces’ and ‘A Feeling Of Health’ showcase the band’s eclectic tendencies, while the choirboy vocals never get lost in the mix and the drums take on a life of their own. The collective list their influences as Broken Social Scene, Yo La Tengo, Radiohead and Explosions In The Sky and while their sound is not quite as intense as any of these bands, they have enough of an exciting and experimental edge to lift them above the norm. Some of the tracks do seem a little bit long for what would be perfect pop songs, with three songs out of the five coming in at over the five-minute mark. Definitely a band with a bright future though. Let us just hope they do not lose that creative spark. Photobucket