Born in Colchester, Egyptian Blue are now ‘doing a Monkees’ after relocating to the south coast where they share a house. For them, however, there are no goofball larks, woefully lacklustre comedic moments or insipid sentimentality – these boys are serious. Or at least that is what the four songs that make up the Collateral EP suggest. Angular guitars, bellowed rather than sung vocals, and an economical to the extreme rhythm section mean that Egyptian Blue have more in common with the American form of this sub-genre rather than their UK contemporaries; think Preoccupations and Parquet Courts rather than Fontaines DC or Drahla. There is an art rock sense of aloof cool which pervades many British post-punk bands whereas their US contemporaries, and Egyptian Blue, remember to bring the fun, the energy and the distortion.

The title track opens proceedings and harks back to the early post-punk sounds of Wire. Its descending chord progression offers a sense of danceable pessimism and the almost barked lyrics add a sense of vitriol, with lines such as “if you love me you should stay at home” adding a sense of self-imposed distance and isolation. It is a ball of energy, bursting with recrimination and a sense of pent up anger, which twists the track into a sprung coil of tension which explodes in a glorious instrumental bridge that should enliven every indie disco going (if there are any still going). The lyrical themes of the song centre on anxiety, and the taught nature of the music is a perfect accompaniment to feelings of stress expressed in the words. It’s a belter of a track.

‘To Be Felt’ comes next and has more than a passing likeness to early 90s almost-forgotten wonders Adorable. A chugging guitar riff keeps up the momentum set by ‘Collateral’ and the song bounds along on a wave of urgency and flailing guitar lines. There is a psych element here, too, as the track wanders off in directions away from the main thrust with the bassline keeping the meandering, exploratory guitar lines in check. ‘Contain It’ is remarkable for its brutally unrelenting repetitive guitar work, which expands upon each cycle and interweaves perfectly with the fervently delivered vocals. It espouses the alt disco energy of !!! or early Foals.

The EP’s last track, ‘Adderall’, keeps up the energetic sonic assault which is no surprise seeing as Adderall is an amphetamine-based medication used for the treatment of ADHD and narcolepsy. The track jerks and twists as befits a tale of someone being uncomfortable living in their own mind. There is a feral looseness here which many bands trying to plough the same furrow seem incapable of mustering.

Egyptian Blue have released an EP of genuine promise and could well be your favourite band this time next year.