EZTV - Calling Out

by Rob Taylor Rating:8 Release Date:2015-07-10

Good power-pop can be an exuberant thing. Stripped of experimental baggage and oblivious to trend, it’s also music where the merits are immediately quantifiable. 

The artifice in power-pop is the ability to engage a carefree mood, or at least a nonchalance and world-weariness that make everyday rigours seem distant and unimportant. EZTV achieve this on Calling Out, with hooks aplenty and reminiscences of kindred spirits like The Flamin' Groovies, Big Star, Teenage Fanclub, and The Raspberries.   

The three bandmates tried out (unsuccessfully) as support to Spiritualized on their American tour, a gestation period nonetheless working favourably for EZTV because self-belief in their demo recordings, coupled with a good rapport between the players, meant that the album Calling Out eventuated instead. I’m not surprised, to be frank, that they weren’t chosen as supports for Jason Pierce and co, because their brand of unpretentious adult pop is much less dense, and has a much more straightforward appeal than Spiritualized. Which is no way derogates from the quality of EZTV’s output. 

There’s a number of standout tracks here. ‘The Light’ and ‘Hard to Believe’ are sung with serendipitous ease, the guitars shimmering through each exquisitely measured phrase. There’s a real charm about all of EZTVs music. On a long drive or contemplating the loneliness of nightfall, it would integrate perfectly into the experience. Everything on Calling Out is written with the kind of sophistication Teenage Fanclub were capable of in the 1990s. 

How receptive you are to Calling Out will be determined by your tastes, but if you’re a fan of any of the bands referenced above, EZTV’s Calling Out stakes a claim to be considered alongside those forbearers of luminous pop.   

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