East Northport, Long Island’s, Thomas Priest, is in full bloom on his new EP, Wake Up Call, with everything on it from sensational vocals to witty guitar work and more. This artist has been at it since the age of 13, and its only part of the story in which it only matters where he’s standing today. Some of that is obviously covered in his songs, but they also get as far way from that as it gets, making for a cool EP you still don’t hear every day. It’s important to point out both the works of and the artist himself for everything done on this colossal offering.
No question about it, this is where pop and rock meet on the modern highway and don’t show any signs of veering off the path of magic it travels down. “Wake Up Call” is the opening song of the five and keeps an edge over two or three of the others, but it’s not the only great tracks, as they all bring something compelling to the table. And that table belongs to Priest and he serves up some tasty meals with the former and “Safe Tonight” making the most searing headway.
The former is great for its leading powers and the latter provides an entirely different perspective while both contain song serving qualities you don’t always hear but can recognize whenever you do. I can hear both-of these going down very well in any record store where music is on the overhead to entice customers. They remind me of searching for that next great thing and finding it, which I didn’t have to do here but it perfectly makes the point anyway. One listen is all it took for me to be on board, and that is pretty-rare for myself, but Lindsay Mac also sounds great on the latter track.
If the influences of Priest are easy to spot, they aren’t for me, but I do hear some 90s inflections on “Distant Memory” with its more complex music and lyrics helping it stand on its own two feet. It’s probably the third strongest track for me, but mileage will certainly vary. It’s a killer piece of ear worm candy every time you get back to it, so it is also one of the better tracks on offer. I would surely recommend it as much as any of the others on the EP, as it comes with zero filler.
The last two tracks also have much to write home about with “Ignorance” and “What Do We Do” almost following in two-part fashion. This is just an observation like any other, of course, but it’s the way the two cuts make me feel together although it’s two different songs. One sort of provides some solution to the other, with the former ringing more bells than the latter, but the Wake Up Call EP does close with as much inspiration as it opens with and producer Rian Dawson should be proud of this awesome Nashville recording.