Eiffel – On Life: Living EP

On Life: Living EP

Perhaps my favorite band from my two-year stint living in Denver, Eiffel was also one of the first bands I saw live. From then on, I must have seen the band 20 times, opening for almost every indie rock or hardcore band that toured through the city, and I became completely enamored with this band’s live show. Filled with long, impassioned songs, the band was clearly in its element playing live.
However, their unique style of hardcore meets emo didn’t come across near as well on the band’s debut album. Rather disappointing, the album was good but still seemed to play into the more traditional emo stereotypes. Their new EP (currently self-released in limited quantities but planned for re-issue on a more prestigious indie label) much better captures the energy, the power of their live performance and shows the band moving towards their more unique hardcore style. Their songs feature numerous changes, plenty of development from loud and fast to slow and brooding, and an amazing intensity.
Not a note is wasted in this band’s long songs. The guitar is melodic at times, urgent and powerful at others. The bass is thick, the drums perfect. And the vocals really take over – high and almost shouted, soft and mellow and desperate. Each song conveys an emotional power, a kind of urgent intensity backed up by the band’s incredibly tight yet still raw music. This is amazingly well done.
The songs read as a sentence: “Everyday we speed on to the end.” “Everyday” starts with some urgent, driving guitar, powerful bass and percussion, and fantastic vocals. At one moment, it’s pummeling you with pounding drums and bass, and at the next it’s melodic and reaching almost desperately. The vocals lead the song, going from high-pitched and frenzied to mellow and desperate. More powerful, “We Speed” starts with shouted vocals, and the song ups the tempo with ripping guitar riffs and multiple vocals. “On” is much more focused around the powerful guitar. This song, a bit slower but no less intense, reminds me a lot of another Denver band, Planes Mistaken for Stars. It flows right into the band’s most powerful song, “To the End,” a blistering assault of guitar and shouted vocals, ending with an exuberant “Come on!”
Despite the fact that this is only a four-song EP, it’s a lengthy one, with all but one song over five minutes, quite unique for a hardcore-leaning band. There’s definitely a raw, almost live feel to this album, capturing perfectly what makes this band so amazing live. Sure, this may be the first you’ve heard of them now, but don’t be surprised when they’re a household name after the EP is re-released later this year. This is amazing, amazing stuff.