Like so many bands today, EZTV was born out of a home; specifically, the home of songwriter and audio engineer Ezra Tenenbaum and likely in his bedroom, living room, basement, garage, or all of the above. Together with his friend, bassist Shane O’Connell, and the addition of former Widowspeak drummer Michael Stasiak, Tenenbaum has created an intimate and engaging album, Calling Out.
The band’s debut album contains 12 tracks that resonate with the melodic songs heard on college radio. For Canadian music fans, they might recall hearing Sloan and the terrific harmonies of Vancouver-based Yukon Blonde. And like many college radio songs, the arrangements are classic pop and rock, but done to perfection much like what the aforementioned bands have done. “The Light”, for instance, could be right out of Sloan’s Between the Bridges – melodic, a little twangy with the guitar strings, and lush, catchy harmonies.
The album’s themes are also reflective of the college radio scene’s obsession with love and relationships (“Bury Your Heart”, “Pretty Torn Up”, “Hard to Believe”), yearning (“Soft Tension”), depression (“Blue Buzz“), and coming of age (“Everything Was Changing”, “That’s Where You Belong”). EZTV, though, don’t just stay focused on this genre and era of music. They also incorporate some jangle-pop, specifically reflective of Melbourne, Australia’s indie scene. “Dust in the Sky” has a Dick Diver feel, a song sung through the naive eyes of a young person yet reveals things about our world that the most experienced would not see.
While EZTV’s songs might be written by twenty-somethings, the lessons and stories told still apply to older generations – whether they make people reflect on their youth or even their continued absent-mindedness of today. Calling Out demonstrates the timelessness of music, that we can go back in time to use familiar sounds and tell stories that resonate with older and younger generations.
EZTV Tour dates
June 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (Panache Booking Northside Showcase)
June 17 – Toronto, Ontario @ The Garrison (NXNE Showcase)
June 18 – Toronto, Ontario @ The Garrison (Panache Booking NXNE Showcase)
June 19 – Montreal, Quebec @ L’Escogriffe Bar
June 20 – Northampton, MA @ 13th Floor Lounge
June 23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right w/ No Joy and ADVAETA
July 4 – Austin, TX @ Red 7 (Outside) ^
July 5 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada ^
July 6 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s ^
July 7 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl ^
July 8 – Raleigh, NC @ Neptune’s Parlour
July 9 – Asheville, NC @ New Mountain Theatre ^
July 10 – Indianapolis, IN @ Joyful Noise Records ^
July 11 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
^ with Jacco Gardner, Dinner
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