Spraynard
Exton Square


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mary Paultese USER (35 Reviews)
March 15th, 2012 | 34 replies | 4,004 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Spraynard make minor alterations to their previously energetic, upbeat sound, and in doing so perfect their formula for catchy punk tunes.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

As mentally advanced human beings, many of us tend to over-think things. Most non-human animals are assumed to be fairly simpleminded in comparison, as their only concern is to survive; they think for the moment, while we humans project and calculate for the future. “Will my life be worth it in the end?” “Will I ever be happy?” These are just two of many questions we ask ourselves on a daily basis. Luckily, Spraynard are here with their newest EP, Exton Square, to shed some light on humanity’s dilemmas. Essentially, the band’s message is to put your worries aside and simply do what you can: lend your friends a hand when needed, don’t let some stupid girl ruin your life, and most importantly, always try, no matter how worn down you get.

While Spraynard’s previous release, Funtitled, was predominantly positive and upbeat, Exton Square’s cheerful mood has been toned down. The four new tracks resonate with childhood nostalgia, but also the exhaustion of adult life. A more introspective lyrical direction exhibits Spraynard’s maturation, as they continue on their quest for life’s answers through trial and error. Warm instrumentals and dynamic, catchy guitar lines accompanied by Pat Graham’s bouncy vocals all mesh together to create the band’s most focused release yet. “Can I Get a Feeling” effectively kicks off the EP as Spraynard’s longest and most diverse track to date. Soft vocals and a swelling organ persist until a muffled drum beat kicks the track into a head-bobbing sing-along complete with dual vocal harmonies and lyrics stressing self-improvement. The song builds up high expectations for the rest of the EP, and while the tracks that follow are not quite as varied, they continue to verify Spraynard’s capability of creating fun and musically interesting punk rock songs.

Exton Square excels because it is not simply another Spraynard record; there is evident progression. New lyrical and instrumental ideas are scattered throughout, but the charm and overall feeling created by listening to three normal guys playing music have not been lost. “You Can’t Get There From Here,” perfectly captures the energy present on Funtitled through fast-paced and offensively catchy verses, but features a cleaner vocal approach. Straight-laced and literal lyrics in the EP closer, “Intents and Purposes (Three Words),” such as, “Sometimes I write down every goal I have to feel a little better about how I spend my time,” affirm likeminded listeners (such as myself) of their sanity, and create an undeniably pleasant atmosphere. The end result of honest, relatable thoughts combined with such likeable presentation is an EP that, in addition to being contagious and enjoyable, produces an overall feeling of comfort for the listener. Ultimately, Exton Square demonstrates everything that Spraynard hinted at being capable of on their last release, with the one downside being the EP’s short length.



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pmmets07
March 15th 2012



5839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really such a great release from these guys. definitely check it out if you haven't.

North0House2
March 15th 2012



5795 Comments


... Spraynard? Not gonna lie, that sounds kind of gross. It sounds good based on your review, though.

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pmmets07
March 15th 2012



5839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

tim and eric reference

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hx331OsJ-tU

macadoolahicky
March 15th 2012



1835 Comments


What kind of name is Spraynard

Kris.
March 15th 2012



12112 Comments


really really good ep macadoolahicky you like terrible bands anyways so go away

craigy2
March 15th 2012



551 Comments


what kind of name is 'can i borrow a feeling?'

reminded me of this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxJDj2PwK-M

pmmets07
March 15th 2012



5839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's probably from that.

craigy2
March 15th 2012



551 Comments


well i look stupid. read it in the review as 'can i GET a feeling', didn't notice it's actually the same title. ugh
nice review, by the way

CaptainDooRight
March 15th 2012



28297 Comments


somehow i feel if i listen to this i'll feel like i got nut sprayed by Maynard amirite

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pmmets07
March 15th 2012



5839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lul thanks craigy. so many of the bands i listen to are all about simpsons references. i never really even watched the show, sadly.

macadoolahicky
March 15th 2012



1835 Comments


^^Pretty much.

pmmets07
March 15th 2012



5839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

intercepted.

macadoolahicky
March 15th 2012



1835 Comments


Ouch

I'll have to listen to this, seems like it could be fun. Good review

pmmets07
March 15th 2012



5839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thank you sir

best of luck to you with the listening

CaptainDooRight
March 15th 2012



28297 Comments


"intercepted"

haha it's a doo doo sandwhich

Spare
March 15th 2012



5250 Comments


oh hell yeah new spraynard

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bungy
March 15th 2012



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Rad

North0House2
March 16th 2012



5795 Comments


"tim and eric reference"

That makes it all better. Those guys are hilarious.

Satellite
March 16th 2012



20674 Comments


still need to hear this

keep reviewing the good shit, perry

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 16th 2012



49736 Comments


Gotta hear

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