Stevenson 'Best Buddies' (EP stream)

Stevenson 'Best Buddies' (EP stream)
Stevenson delivered an EP entitled Goth Baby last summer, and now the Montreal-based two-man band are taking things in a slightly more positive-sounding direction with Best Buddies. The EP doesn't get released until later this week, but Exclaim! is giving you an exclusive advanced listen right now.
 
The latest set of songs from the angular indie rock outfit emerges from the throes of another cold, dark Canadian winter. Rather than recoiling inwards and hiding away for the winter months, the duo embraced their yearly fate and sought to create something fun to challenge the season.
 
As the EP's title implies, there's plenty of pal-oriented material on the upcoming offering. Opener "All My Friends" doesn't paint a particularly fond portrait of friendship (opting to describe the titular group as "pieces of shit"), but by the penultimate song (from which the album takes its name) things seem to be turning around. Despite the slowed down, gloom-infused fuzz-rock sound of some of the music, the album closes off on a cheerful high note with the acoustic "Friend (I Found A)."
 
Get your bonding on by giving Best Buddies an early spin in the player below. The EP is officially out on March 11, and the band will also be releasing it in a cassette bundle alongside past EPs Big Socks and Goth Baby on April 11 via Talking Skull Records.