The EP sends some pretty strong "indie" vibes, stylistically speaking: opening track "Big Quiet" has the lo-fi tendencies of Stroke tunes mixed with the less edgy, playful vocals of Foster the People songs; second track "Canyon" and fourth track "Tomorrow's Crashes" sound similar, like demos Julian Casablancas left on the shelf. The stand-alone original song on the EP is "Citycide"; it's a surf version of what feels like any one track from Torches, but producer Brendan Canning (Broken Social Scene) and the Dead Ships add a bit of a dark, brooding atmosphere that's relatively absent from the Foster the People record.
On EP 1, Canning does a good job of getting the band members to explore what's out there for them in the indie sphere; he pushes for variety in album dynamics and vocal texture. But, in the end, these features are products of a band decorating what other bands' have already made. The songs aren't particularly strong, and even with the veteran indie rocker behind the boards, EP 1 is merely another "indie" release. (Near Mess Records)