For Nashville-based quartet Dinner and a Suit, the past six years have been a constant push towards the top. The group’s alternative-tinged pop rock has won the band fans, as well as accolades from the likes of MTV and Billboard. Despite their busy touring schedule and constant flow of new material, the group has yet to peak. Their latest EP, Stay, is a testament to the idea that hard work is not a one-way ticket to success. It’s important to push your boundaries and challenge yourself musically, and Stay shows us the group’s continued commitment to this ideal. While there is nothing completely new and groundbreaking on Stay, the EP’s four songs are a step in the right direction for Dinner and a Suit.
Stay is the band’s fourth release since their formation in 2008. At a brisk four songs, the EP comes and goes at the blink of an eye. Its mature, alternative-ish pop rock is sure to please fans of Parachute and The Maine. Jonathan Capreci’s vocals shine here, with their power carrying each track. The EP’s brand of pop rock isn’t too commercial in nature, as its dark feel and punch is pretty spot on. Opening the EP, “Can’t Get Enough” has a strong kick to it that will draw listeners in, both old and new. The band is genuine in its abilities, and they aren’t looking to profit or incentivize. The opener, along with the other three tracks on the EP, show exactly what Dinner and a Suit is made of. If they wanted to cash in on their music, their direction would have changed a while ago, but if Stay is any indication, they still have a lot left in the tank where honesty is concerned.
Where Dinner and a Suit fall flat on Stay however, is in their ability to push themselves within the EP itself. This release as a whole really shows the group’s growth and maturity, but each song is not nearly as effective on its own as it is a piece of the whole EP. The songs really seem to blend together, and there isn’t anything here that is particularly groundbreaking, besides the group’s push towards a newer, rawer, sound, which they choose to rehash four times over, changing a little piece of the puzzle each time. Yes it is an EP, so it reflects a much shorter period of time creatively than a full-length album, so it is fair to say that the band looked to simply show us their slightly darker side, rather than taking it and digging at it as much as they could.
That being said, Stay is not a wasted listen. Dinner and a Suit have managed to once again show us just what they’re made of. A talented bunch of musicians, the group’s strong musical chemistry shines on all four songs. They have manage to challenge their niche once again, sporting a more mature sound in the hopes that it will all pay off in the end. These guys are a band on the rise, and this EP is sure to help as they push themselves to the top. If you are looking for a solid pop rock listen, look no further than this EP.