Navy Skies 'The New War' (EP stream)

Navy Skies 'The New War' (EP stream)
Nautically themed newcomers Navy Skies only officially set sail back in early 2013, but in that time the band have unveiled a 7-inch, as well as an EP (which was originally released back in 2012 under their previous name, Rebel Rebel). Now, the Toronto-based quintet are ready to launch their first-ever EP under their new name. The New War EP arrives April 8. While you wait, stream the five-track recording in its entirety on Exclaim.ca.

Recorded with producer Sydney Galbraith at Toronto's Desert Fish Studios, The New War finds the band diving head first into the nostalgia-riddled punk and post-rock pasts of their youth, channelling artists like Hot Water Music and the Get Up Kids, as well as Canadian favourites the Weakerthans and Constantines in the process.

Starting out with the sweat-soaked, Springsteen-esque strums of "New War" and the swelling hooks of "Hospital Walls," Navy Skies deliver a perfect storm of punk-inspired power pop ("Mystic Apes") and sentimental sea shanties ("Wild Love") on their new EP, which are all the more anchored by vocalist Travis Caine's slightly sardonic yet optimistic songwriting.

"There are a lot of hopeful moments to the record, especially the arrangements," Caine says in a press release. "But the narrative is pretty grim. It's about coming up short, dealing with loss and letting go."

See for yourself by listening to the EP in the player below.

If you like what you hear, don't forget to pre-order Navy Skies' new EP by heading over to their Bandcamp page here. Navy Skies will also celebrate the EP with a release show at Toronto's Sneaky Dee's on April 4. It also includes the Dying Arts, the Folk and the Kerouacs, and the $10 admission includes a free copy of The New War.