Shin Guard’s got a sense of humor in spite of being a band that writes mostly sad songs. There are only four songs on its latest EP, Five Songs, but the band is telling the truth that each track is about a break up. Find the one that suits your last ex, and get ready to dig into your emotions.
“You Turned Everything to Paper” brings the spoken word of Shin Guard’s style to the fore. On it, the instrumentation provides ambience, rather than the earworm-style verses and choruses of “Bemis Point” and “Corsages.” EP-finisher “Flubline” details a relationship in which the narrator is not fully valued for who he is. The song takes on a more Smiths-y energy in melody, while the instrumentation feels a bit Charmer-era Tigers Jaw. It’s kind of bouncy, but also sad enough to take the pep out of your step.
For Fans Of: Tigers Jaw, La Dispute, hella feelings