Ladies and gentlemen, if you are a fan of some good old rock and roll, then you are in for a BIG treat! New York City’s own The Dives have just dropped their new EP titled, “Everybody’s Talkin’”, and trust me, this release will live up to its name and have everybody talking. Fronted by singer and guitarist Evan Stanley – who, by the way, is the son of the legendary Paul Stanley, who you might know from a little band called KISS – this record is easily one of the catchiest rock albums I have heard in recent years. It will surely brighten up your day with the upbeat riffs and soothing lyrics.
The band clearly wanted to make a rather huge impact with this EP, as from the moment you press play we are hit right in the face with an extraordinarily punchy hard rock riff that just screams out: “we are a force to be reckoned with”. The opening song, Make It Like The Movies has the power to take us back to the golden age of rock & roll with its powerful drum beats and super catchy chorus. It is nearly impossible not to want to sing along to what I believe is an instant classic.
The second track Anticipation gives us yet another great opening only to quickly take a step back into a chilled out verse that you can really nod your head to. Once again showcasing an amazingly catchy chorus, this song is upbeat, yet laid-back at the same time up until the shredding guitar solo that I know personally had me bringing out the air guitar for the rest of the song.
Everybody’s Talkin’, the title track coming in third, leaves me without words that I haven’t already used. The only way to describe this magnificent track is ‘catchy and chilled’. Each verse has a super laid-back riff and some amazing soothing bass lines to complement the relaxing vocals. The highest point of this song for me was the harmonic backing vocals towards the end; they were so soothing and relaxing. This song will make you want to sit back and open a cold one and just… chill out.
The wrap up to this so far brilliant EP is the final song, Man, Oh Mandy. This song instantly wakes us up from the relaxing vibe of the last song with an impressive drum solo that leads straight into a ’70s-sounding guitar lick. Sporting what I believe to be the catchiest chorus of this entire EP, it is once again impossible not to sing along to the lines: “Oh man, oh man, oh man, ohhhh Mandy”. This song is the perfect end to a phenomenal release.
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. We can most definitely hear the emotion and attitude in Evan’s voice reminiscent of his father’s powerful voice.