Victor’s Mother Juliet Ep-ReviewPosted: 26.02.2010
Despite their debut EP Secrecy & Sex only being released in November 2009, Reader’s Wives have already had a prolific career as a Dublin based band. Playing gigs with abandon and with acclaim from The Ticket and Hot Press to name but a few, and now with a second EP on the way this is a band to take note of. Although I have been conscious of Reader’s Wives, strangely enough I haven’t actually sat down and listened to them without disruption. I have to say I’m glad that I have now…
Their new EP, released on the 15th March, is a short but sweet journey that will leave you pleasantly surprised. It opens with “Victor’s Mother Juliet”, a loud fervent rock track that opens the EP with colour and energy. Next track is “Beautiful Angel” which changes pace to breathy and gentle but without making you feel like you’re listening to a different band. “Everything’s Better With You” is a short blast of upbeat sweetness that is reminiscent of Los Campesinos’ better work. “Eyes Like a Hutu” is saturated with bluesy harmonica and soulful vocals, and is my personal favourite. To close the EP, “Working All Week” sees more of the bluesy elements of “Eyes Like a Hutu” but is a lighter version that serenely leads you out of their world.
There is no doubt of the band’s extraordinary talents after listening to this EP. They seem capable of putting their unique stamp on a variety of instruments and genres. Victor’s Mother Juliet EP is something Dublin should be very, very proud of.