They cite Simple Minds and New Order as influences, but though I can definitely hear that in their sound, Vigo Thieves are bigger, more anthemic stadium-sized rock. Racking my brains for a better comparison, I want to say U2, but don't want to seem unnecessarily mean. Except that Vigo Thieves really do sound like U2, maybe a dash of latter day Coldplay too, but, in short, they aren't massive tools and that makes all the difference in the world. The youthful, earnest optimism isn't contrived or obliterated by the size of the front-man's ego. Every big, synth and riff heavy chorus is shouted from the heart. Heart And Soul is really quite undeniable; any attempt to remain cynical and aloof is bowled out of the way by its nostalgic, pulsing energy.

In fact, let's move from the overblown stadium acts and instead suggest We Were Promised Jetpacks on a very, very happy day. Which is not to say that Vigo Thieves are actually singing happy songs, more that despite an acute carpe diem awareness of death ('better to burn out rather than fade') pervading each song, their lyrics and delivery have hope and are missing the oblique violence and menace of their fellow countrymen's offerings. Speaking of the Scots, I am, as ever, charmed by every rolled 'R' from lead singer Stevie Jukes. It'd be all to easy to fall into faux American with this style of music, but thankfully he does not.

There's a good sense of cohesion to this EP too, something missing from most. This isn't just a collection of leftovers, but five tracks that feel like chapters in a novella. Between each song the wash of noise from opening 'Wide Awake' flows in again carrying the chorus of the next track within it. It's a lovely effect and means that by the time you reach the shimmering,slow build of 'Steal Your Heart pt.2' you feel as though you've journeyed with the band.

First track proper is the joyous 'Steal Your Heart'. This is a song to montage every happy teenage memory you have or watched other people have. It's a song to throw you hands in the air to - a song that colours your memories through gold tinted glasses. It's big, there really isn't anything subtle about it, but it's unashamedly big and all the better for it. The same could easily be said of 'Heartbeats', too.

'She's on Fire', meanwhile, is slow motion, gauzy love scene waiting to happen. From the opening "Hey, hey, hey," to the third act female backing vocals, it wouldn't have been out of place in any number of pre-post-modern Eighties films. 'Love Is Dead' makes me want to get a little drunk and dance embarrassingly at parties. I can only imagine how much fun a live show with these guys must be, since the songs seem pretty much made for audience participation.

Vigo Thieves are a young band, and therein lies my only real criticism. A few of the lyrics are a little bit obvious - it's a huge pet-peeve of mine if I can guess the next line before it's been sung. Moreover, you don't want to sound so like an existing band that you could be a tribute act playing songs I just happen not to have previously heard. I like to know that a track is undoubtedly from this band. It is possible to have influences without being swallowed by them, as The Twilight Sad have just so brilliantly demonstrated. Vigo Thieves need a bit of time to grow into and live with their sound. Maybe a bit more confidence to mix it up and throw a few curve-balls.Still, this is a massive Eighties-style fist pump of an EP, so I'd suggest you lay aside your cynicism for twenty minutes and "stay young in your heart."