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When it comes to EPs, there are three different categories. No category is better than the other, but they all serve a specific purpose. First, there is the EP that is comprised of cutting room floor material from a new LP. Second, there is the 'between' two full lengths. This type of EP serves as a mini album. The third type is a beta test. This kind of EP can be released whenever. Its purpose is to give hints at what the band or artist can/ will do. It is a precursor of what is to come; it is a sample platter.

Theo Verney's new EP, Brain Disease fits the third category. After last year's Heavy Sunn EP, Mr. Verney has come back with songs that have a tighter sound. The psychedelia is still therein full swing, but collectively the songs show a progression in composition and pop-sensibilities. This could be linked tot he recent addition of his new drummer, John Davies. The five-track EP is a taster of what Theo Verney can do and what he can bring to the table sonically on his future full-length.

A calling card of Theo Verney is the back and forth between straight 4/4 times and a cut time feels that slows down the pace of song. The title track and album opener, 'Brain Disease', plays with this feel a little. Although, this song is more to set the overall tone that you are in for a mix of psych guitars, heavy drums, a raspy voice, and some good ol' rock n' roll.

The first single and catchiest song on the album is the second track, 'Mountain Rose'. The song starts off with slight chugging guitar and an up-tempo drum beat. Sonically, it feels like you're skating down a boardwalk in Los Angeles. Then, at the chorus, it slows to a cut time feel; a break down of sorts. This allows for a heavy feel and also gives the song dynamics. The chorus could have easily been just as upbeat, but that wouldn't have been as interesting. In the song he sings,"I take a look at life and time goes passing by/ And I'll go anywhere this time." This then leads to the chorus opening line, "I won't get knocked down." It's this kind of lyricism that shows Theo Verney has more to offer than tastey tunes.

While psych rock is the back bone of this album, there are also other elements present. 'Wrong Again' is another song with this tempo duality. Then, to add another layer, sonically there are two genres at work. For the verse, there is the dreamy, psych-pop popularised by indie-darling Ariel Pink. But this song's chorus is all anthemic, early 2000s pop-punk; the break down of the drums, the distorted guitar, and repetitive riff counteract the clean sound of the verse. Plus, with the chorus line, "wrong again" being belted with such emotion, it's hard not to have feelings of those pre-high school days flood your system.

And what would be a psych-rock album without some good guitar jams. 'Same Look In My Eye' has a '60s inspired riff that soon delves into a song more fit for the '90s. But, then the outro kicks in and the organ and drum fills hearken back to the '60s once more.

Brain Disease is an excellent EP. Each song is well crafted and is a little different than the one before it. Could there have been more variation? Of course. But this is also an EP meant to tease the listener. It gets your attention. It leaves you wanting more without feeling cheated. That is difficult to do. Now all we need is patience until a full-length is released. Will the future LP sound just like this EP? Hopefully it won't. Remember, this EP falls into that category of giving a taster of what is to come. Theo Verney and his band have shown they can draw from various genres and make it fit their sound. Let's see how far they can push that.

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