â€œSound It Outâ€ is a track that provides a solid amount of energy with an ear for pop arrangements, allowing a wide swath of listeners a proper introduction to The Locals. Each element of the band hits hard, whether it the alluring vocals put forth, the splashing and all-encompassing drums, or the harmonies achieved by the guitar. Despite The Locals packing up shop on â€œSound It Outâ€ well before the songâ€™s fourth minute, there is a fullness present here that rivals even that of six and seven minute epics. â€œAmnesiaâ€ immediately changes things up with intricate vocal harmonies and indie-fueled instrumental arrangements.
While listeners can hear some semblance of the pop sensibilities first broached with â€œSound It Outâ€, one can definitely hear early influences of city-mates The Smashing Pumpkins. White the vocals are front and center during â€œAmnesiaâ€, the increased intensity of the drums as they end a stanza puts this track into a realm that contains acts like early Goo Goo Dolls and The Replacements. â€œEverything Must Goâ€ brings back a little of the poppier strains of The Locals, with a set of vocals that take on equal amounts of Stevie Nicks and Suzanne Vega.
Despite the fact that there is a little more sedate of a sound present here than an Anniversary or even Blink 182, I feel that The Locals light up each track on â€œSaltâ€ with an energy that parallels that of early punk artists. There may only be four tracks on this EP, but I have no doubt that The Locals will continue to rock out and impress individuals over the course of an LP. Buy â€œSaltâ€ and see where exactly the road takes the band in the next year; the frenetic energy held in each track will make seeing this band live something amazing.
Top Track: Everything Must Go
The Locals â€“ Salt / 2010 Self / 4 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/localsrockchicago