Iâ€™m usually not a big fan of EPâ€™s, seeing them as little more than a record companyâ€™s quick way to cash in on a rising band with not enough material for a full length. I am, however, willing to make an exception for Dead to Meâ€™s 5 song offering Little Brother. The effort is pretty much hold over until their next proper album is ready, but the songs on the EP are hardly toss offs.
The title track â€œLittle Brother,â€ is by far the best song yet and the â€œArrhythmic Palpitationsâ€ is a close second. Blending early 70â€™s punk rock grit and fight-the-power lyrics with the catchy hooks Fat Wreck bands are known for, San Franciscoâ€™s Dead to Me perfectly bridge The Clash to Smoke or Fire.
Formed after the demise of One Man Army, the band turned in the wildly underrated Cuban Ballerina in 2006 and have been touring off and on ever since. In a recent interview, bassist Chicken (yup, Chicken) said the bandâ€™s next full length African Elephants, will be out shortly. Until then, Little Brother will do nicely.
Top Tracks: â€œLittle Brotherâ€ and â€œArrhythmic Palpitationsâ€
Ratings: 8.5/10 (would have been 9 if the record was longerâ€¦)
Dead to Me â€“ Little Brother (CD) / 2008 Fat Wreck Chords / 5 tracks