Five Day Outlook's A Demonstration of Weather

Knoxville's Five Day Outlook take shoegazing indie-rock rumination and marry it to edgy post-grunge on this three-song EP, one of the fresher offerings to be found in the locals-only bin nowadays. Sounding a bit like Eddie Vedder grogged on absinthe, singer/guitarist Jason Smith is the four-piece band's obvious aural trademark, and his languorous vocals stand out on both "Humor Me", the crunchy, droning opening track, and on second cut "The Letterhead," an amiable Pavement nick. But what really makes Five Day Outlook work is contrast, the bracing hard-rock textures providing an intriguing counterpoint to the unit's apparent slacker inclinations. Hope the next one has more than three songs.

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