The Districts are a new guitar band and they are very good. Yes, that's right, a new guitar band who are actually very good. Like the soulful offspring of White Denim and My Morning Jacket, they're exactly what the doctor ordered.

'Rocking Chair' kicks the EP off like a refreshing smack in the face. It's no frills, well written rock music. Rob Grote's vocals are warming and familiar, without sacrificing their own character. 'Rocking Chair' is the sound of a band enjoying themselves, playing the music that comes naturally to them. Nothing about it seems overly thought-out.

Following this, 'Layla' is simply a lovely song. Crescendos of guitar slide seamlessly in between the country-rock verses and Band Of Horses-esque chorus. This isn't groundbreaking music, it's just bloody good. The Districts wear their influences on their sleeves without shame or any sense of copycat. They're fully aware of what has shaped their music but don't seem to give a shit, which makes for joyous listening.

'Funeral Beds' mellows proceedings out somewhat with fingerpicked folk guitar and soothing harmonicas. There's a certain warmth to it, conjuring images of dusty evenings overlooking wide-open places that you've probably never been to. They bring their world to you. By the time the song kicks into life, it's like listening to the music Mumford and Sons think they make. Americana done as it should be. Final track 'Stay Open' isn't quite on the same level as the tracks that proceed it, but it's still better than what most of their contemporaries can muster.

The real highlight of this EP is 'Long Distance'. Across six and a half minutes it encapsulates exactly what this band are trying to do as The Districts fully announce themselves as the real deal. The pre-chorus chord run downs are a thing of thoroughly satisfying beauty and lead into a chorus which imparts overwhelming feelings of youthful optimism. In a nutshell, The Districts' self-titled EP is very, very enjoyable. Here's to the guitar band.