What's in a name? Well, usually not a great deal to be honest. However, when listening to Kent-natives, Story Books' debut EP, it very much has the feel of a series of stories; a collection of four short narratives, wrapped up in 14 minutes of infectiously dark indie.

Following a strong 2012 - which included, sold out headline shows, airplay on XFM and Radio 1 for their track 'Peregrine', and a support slot for Bloc Party on their return show at Koko - the band hit the studio to put together their debut EP, Too Much a Hunter. After producing the record themselves, they handed it over to acclaimed engineer Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai) to bring the intensity of their lauded live shows to the EP.

Thundering drums and resonant piano chords introduce the EP's lead single, 'Simple Kids'. Lyrically, it intelligently sheds light on the protagonist's early relationships, and the issues and emotional power struggles that followed ("hanging my words upon a line, to disconnect and then combine"). The band's frontman, Harris, stated "it's a song about reflection and growth rather than regret" - with the song's prominent lyric, "young love it made us sick," it would seem that this is a stage of his life which he doesn't reflect upon particularly fondly.

'Knot' kicks into life with a triumphant guitar part, moving into a more intimate, sliding scale guitar riff, through the verse; matching the introspective lyrical content. Once again, the narrative is that of a relationship in turmoil, but this time it is with a darker character. This is embodied perfectly in the opening lyric, "From the start, she'd never be pure enough." However, there's more to it than that a simple song regarding a failing relationship. The narrator is not addressing the listener, but god; considering the moral fibre of his love interest. There are references around her creation ("I know, you made her righteous"), her morality ("she chose the crooked path"), and where it may lead her ("Oh lord, just don't expose her to the emptiness"). Harris' lyrical style is detailed and compellingly layered, rewarding those that delve below the surface’

Too Much A Hunter's penultimate track is also its strongest. 'Growth and Glory' is more introspective affair; considering the nature of the more troubled situations in his life, and how his present is being haunted by the daemons of his past. As the track builds, the majority of the instrumentation drops away to expose the twistedly poignant lyric, "I was a lonely kid, with a sinful disposition." Thematically, this feels almost like a concept album, focusing around the theme of the darkness of human relationships. The quadrilogy is completed with 'All Those Arrows', in which the lyrics take a more self-involved slant, wondering why all of these trials fall on an "honest", "decent" man like himself. At times it feels that the narrator has put himself upon a pedestal, and though this may not make them always seem likeable, it shows resolute honesty.

What Story Books have accomplished on Too Much a Hunter is something of startling quality; pairing dark lyrics with hugely catchy melodies. Although the lyrical themes work well in the relative shortness of a four track EP, further variation would be required on a full album - to have darkness, you've got to have some light. But with the band impressing crowds in the US with their showing at SXSW - as well as UK tastemakers such as Zane Lowe, John Kennedy and Huw Stephens on these shores - this beautifully, stark debut EP looks to be the final piece to spring-boarding this young, Kent five-piece to the next level.