NIKOS kick starts their self-titled EP perfectly with the melodic, energetic, “Illusions.” Filled with stunning imagery, rich instrumentals, vocal harmonies, and an alternative rock edge, the track is an incredible showcase of the band’s talents from the opening notes. Nikos Klimentos’s vocals are almost shockingly powerful, with a true grit to them that add depth and character to every line.
“Another Sunday Morning” continues to explore the heavier sounds of rock mixed with the catchy tone of a good pop anthem. Matt Beach’s guitar playing is hard to rival throughout the track, sounding as though influence was drawn from some of the better pop-punk records of the last ten years. With a carefully orchestrated instrumental, the song transitions through several tones and emotions without ever slipping into the “What-The-Hell-Are-They-Doing” Crack. Similarly, “Dancing With The Dead” manages to explore a darker lyrical style while maintaining a catchy tone overall, oozing with originality and accomplishing the task of putting out a love song of sorts without coming off as overly mushy.
Melodic, wealthy in instrumental prowess, building choruses, and an almost indescribable talent behind it, “The Chase” is a standout track on an already perfect EP. Reminiscent of the vocal power of Thirty Seconds To Mars, the musicality of We The Kings and/or Every Avenue, NIKOS have produced a powerhouse of a single that will leave listeners completely entranced and desperate for more. Lyrically, musically, and even technically, this is the perfect track. Put this on your Must Have For Fall supply list. However, while “The Chase” is the standout, “Step, Step” is the surprise. With a soft, vulnerable, acoustic quality, it is by far the most emotionally powerful song, with an explosion of sound coming seemingly out of nowhere as it builds at the bridge. When Mark Recca’s steady drumming slows, and an almost a cappella moment occurs, the song takes your breath away.
To close out the EP, the hauntingly brilliant “Anthem” blasts through the speakers, with heavy bass undertones (courtesy of Jeff Motekaitis), pounding rhythm, MCR Black Parade worthy tempo, and bittersweet lyrics, it’s impossible to resist.
I would be a liar if I said I found NIKOS’s self-titled EP to be anything short of perfection. As an introduction to the band, it is a wonderful preview at where they are headed, and how certain they are in their sound already. Yet another band to watch and anticipate great things from.
You can purchase the EP digitally HERE.
Watch the lyric video for “The Chase” below: