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Reviewed by Stu Edwards

This Little Badge: Pass It On EP

Reviewed by Stu Edwards

This Little Badge: Pass It On EP

Punk pop four-piece This Little Badge hail from New Plymouth and their sound is full of the energy that Taranaki is known for. Vocalist Dave Pope’s U.K twang gives the songs a layer of authenticity that is bolstered by a tight delivery from the band. Channelling Blur and The Jam in equal measure, ‘Pass It On’ is a short burst of societal observations that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Short choruses and stabbing accents propel opening track Pretend through the remainder of an equally enthusiastic playlist. Meet Me At The Bridge is not to be breezed over with a clever refrain in the chorus that captures attention. The variety of grooves within the potentially repetitive genre reinforces what is good about this release. Downtown, Witsend and That’s All We Need take a straight rock approach while the unusual country twang of Babylon Don is a contrast among the six tracks, with Pope’s vocals holding a common thread between the stylistic range. The online profile presents an accessible image of an outfit worth exploring.