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Mystery Friends – This is Not What I Expected [Review]

Mystery Friends – This is Not What I Expected [Review]

We highly recommended you check out ‘This Is Not What I Expected’, the awesome debut EP from Washington DC-based indie dance rock band Mystery Friends.



Mystery Friends is a band rooted in the Washington, DC-music tradition while forging its own path forward. Since forming in 2016, the band draws on influences from new wave, electronic, and post-punk, fitting it all together like a weird, wonderful puzzle.

This EP is a captivating journey, swinging from melancholy to euphoric and back again over a spectacular series of dance rock tunes.

‘This Is Not What I Expected’ kicks off perfectly with ‘Café de Flore’ and ‘The Lost Ones’, where electronic punk sounds melt into plinky Foals-esque guitars, generating something entirely unique to set the tone for the remainder of the EP.



‘Keflavik’ is up next; with an addictive marching chorus, blending abstract sounds with a relentless beat.

The vocals throughout the compilation are outstanding, but as This Is Not What I Expected’s final two tracks – ‘Stranger Things (Than This)’ and ‘Perfect Heroes’ – play out, you really get a sense of the control and power behind the voice of the ultra-talented front-woman Abby Sevcik, who brings moving vocals with stellar range and truck-loads of energy.

The band could be compared acts like Chvrches and Talking Heads, among others, but have clearly found their own identity and signature sound. Combining angular guitars, woozy synths, and powerful vocals, Mystery Friends makes danceable indie-rock music for a time when people need a reason to dance.


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