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LTNT – DAO | EP Review

LTNT recently released a brand spanking new EP, that goes by the name ‘DAO’. Find out how we feel about it.

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LTNT (read as Lieutenant) have recently dropped their debut EP with Dust Devil Sounds. Titled ‘DAO’, the EP consists of five tracks filled with headbanging inducing riffs all the while still maintaining pop sensibility in their choruses. The band’s members Liam Lever (vocals, guitar), Ben Clarke (bass) and Neil Hunt (drums) formed the band purely to battle their boredom, and quite frankly these five tracks will help you battle yours.

The adventure kicks in with lead single ‘Body Blood’, in which the London trio cut right to the chase without any funny business. This song has you pumped up from the get go; no wonder Kerrang! named it one of their tracks of the week. Its sudden outbursts of vigorous chants mix well with the roaring riffs to present 2:44 minutes’ worth of energy.

Followed by ‘Wear It Well’, a track engrained with distortions, ‘DAO’ continues to tread along with its pop infusions. This particular song possesses a very Biffy Clyro-esque chorus, only to be followed with a distorted mind melting guitar solo to end the track. Next up is ‘Great Entertainment’, albeit starting off on a calmer note, portrays an angrier image, with Lever practically yelling out in fury.

The final two tracks present a different vibe altogether. Here, LTNT put their softer side on display with ‘Film It’ and ‘Can’t Stand Anyone’. Though it’s nice to hear this other side of the band, this second half is almost twice as long as the first half. Long songs can be seen as a treat, but there also comes a time where it seems like a drag; and halfway through the last song, you’re left wondering why it’s still going on.

Listening to this EP, we get the impression that it would do very well in a live setting, especially with the beefy quality present in the first three tracks. With an appearance at Camden Rocks on the cards, 2014 will definitely see LTNT build up the name they’ve already started to make for themselves.

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