It was so hard to try to find words to describe how solid this EP is. I picked it at random to review because the name Neur caught my eye and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it had all the elements I look for in a good post-punk indie band. Probably the hardest thing to ignore about this band is that lead singer Tom Baumann’s voice has a striking resemblance to that of Caleb Followill from Kings of Leon. I knew my ears were in for a treat.
The first track from The Untitled EP is called “Gold Thimble,” and just as the guitar’s melody starts to set into your bones, Baumann’s voice comes in as a pleasant whine, giving the intro an already refreshing contrast. Then a two-second build leads into a punchy rock rhythm. It’s as perfect as chaos comes.
Second track “Start Saving” really showcases the musicianship of the band, with Baumann just saying a few words and letting the music take the reigns. The album as a whole perfectly balances out the use of music and vocals. The guitar is the main focus in this track and you can tell each note in the progressive riffs was well thought out. The shortest track off the album, “There is No Captain,” manages to stick out a little due to having more of a surf punk sound to it. But still, it was able to flow in the album easily. “Neur Saves Time” comes in with a heavy bass line and a solid drum rhythm that builds into a sort of mix of distorted guitars. The track really brings the Math Core out of the band. I could have lived without the one line scream but it didn’t ruin the integrity of the track.
Hands down, the best track off this album is “Zebrah.” Not only is the instrumentation at its finest but the mood that is conveyed through the song is effortlessly captured. It stages the band’s cleaner sound which allows us to hear the instruments complement each other in their purest form. The overall theme of this EP seems to be building and “Warrior” is no different. Being the longest song off the track, it just seems, well, too long. It doesn’t have the effect of the other songs but it does help the listener to understand Neur as a whole group, unlike previous tracks that only seemed to really showcase one part of the band.
This six-track EP can only really be described in one word: Bold. They challenge how music normally is, keeping everything fresh and unexpected. Everything about the music keeps you engaged, just guessing what might happen next. I see big things for this band in the future and I hope to hear a full length album soon.