Canadian duo (which now seems to be a quintet) Rikers has finished the recordings of their first EP and has generously made it available as a free download from their website. The 5 track Easter Eyes EP has (according to the band) taken longer to record than originally planned, but as it turned out the end result was definitely something worth waiting for. Every track is a dynamic piece of indie rock dominated by the great melody, chiming guitars and the haunting lead vocal of Ryan Kennedy, which all combined sounds like the perfect mix of lots of other bands. However it does somehow seems rather pointless to begin listing all of those (more or less obvious) influences, as the band more than anything sounds like Rikers and not like a rip-off of some other band(s). I doubt very much that a better and more intriguing EP will be thrown your way for free this year, so grab it while it’s there, because it shouldn't be long before various labels come knocking at their door.
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