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{Ashbury- Last Sensation EP}

ashburylast1.jpg I’ve been an aficionado of this band ever since I picked up their self-titled debut EP, which is filled with meloncholic lyrics set to familiar new wave rhythms. Quite simply, they had me at the opening line of “Blood on Stone” (“I could never be the one to trust with your life, I would only break you down with time”). Over time Ashbury have drawn comparisons to The Killers or The Faint (simply because they play electro-rock), but to my ears Ashbury finds influence in a Joy Division/ New Order hybrid. With so many L.A. bands begining to gain notoriety worldwide (The Blood Arm, Moving Units, Autolux, Dios (Malos), Giant Drag), it will be interesting to see how much longer can this band remain one of L.A.’s best kept secrets? On this second EP, the East L.A. five-piece seem to be coming into their own with a darker and more polished sound, which may be the result of working with Hot Hot Heat Producer Warren Huart. The EP is filled with sleazy synths, pounding drumbeats, electric guitars, hard bass lines, and singer Jesse B.’s signature stoic delivery. With one foot planted firmly in the past and one in the future, all this group needs now is a full-length album under their belt. Listen to tracks from Last Sensation here or checkout a couple of Mp3's from their debut EP: "This Doubt Remains"/ "Blood on Stone".

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