Lab Partners – Keep Quiet (Reverb Records)

Dayton’s Lab Partners return to action with the Keep Quiet EP, adding five songs to their already impressive catalog. As with the band’s previous output, the music fits within the guitar-heavy psychedelic/shoegaze mold of bands like Ride, Spiritualized, BRMC, The Verve…etc., with some 1960s-styled psychedelic touches added to the mix. If anything, they’ve improved on an already solid foundation of melodic songs and killer guitar sounds (I imagine their rehearsal room floor is littered with effects pedals), and the resulting songs – especially the crushing “It Don’t Take Much” – rank among their best yet. Consider my appetite for their next full-length (promised for later this year) whetted.