Soccer Mom is probably not a band name that would make you burst with curiosity, given the suburban USA parent the name conjures. Take a chance with it though and there's a real gem of an EP hidden behind the misnomer. The band, a four piece from Boston, Massachusetts, go some way to bucking the recent trend of lo-fi dream pop coming our of every corner of the globe it seems.

These guys use some of the bookmarks from that particular genre, while adding their own brand of noise over. According to the band's own website they look for connections between contrasting ideas, and that certainly comes across loud and clear on this EP and to great effect. Opening track '(A) Natural History' is instantly likeable thanks to a great guitar intro and booming drums. There's a sparse, understated vocal which acts as a nice counterpoint to the full on music of the track. 'American Shirt (Eagle Flag 911)' is the unusually named second track and has a steadier tempo than track one. The rhythm section are again excellent, while the vocals take on a sense of urgency during the song's chorus, while the music takes a turn turn down a dark alley. So far I'm thinking this suburban American mother likes to rock.

'Salty Wyoming' is a bit of a calmer song than it's predecessors. This feels a little like Wilco, mainly down to the great guitar work and vocals It's another very good track with some really nice, warm guitar underpinning the whole song. The guitars get a layer of fuzz on 'Celebrity Unrest' and the drums continue to sound fantastic, thumping out their rhythm and dropping some machine gun fills. The tempo is again higher, while the vocals are sparse. The whole track has a blanket of feedback and distortion draped over it giving it a nice feel. 'Unwanted Thanks' keeps the tempo high, with the addition of tape hiss over the whole song to give it a bit of atmosphere. There's a great repeating guitar line, while the bass effortlessly keeps pace with the drums. It's pretty much an instrumental, although there is a vocal briefly, before the music builds to a crescendo of clashing cymbals and big drum fills.

Final track 'Southern Bells' slows things down a lot. This is an altogether more considered approach.The guitar work is top notch again, and the vocals flit in and out. The real beauty of the track is in the instrumental passages, where the song displays real depth and character, almost bypassing the need for a vocal. On the whole this is a really great EP that delivers on the bands promise of contrasting sounds and styles. There's melody and feedback, rapid drum fills and dreamy vocals. Safe to say I really enjoyed this, even with that band name.