Young Cities, formerly Hearts Like Lions, took a trip to Los Angeles last year to visit friend and One Republic guitarist Drew Brown. Brown used his clout to open the doors of the legendary East West Studios, the place where Pet Sounds was recorded and where Brown ultimately produced the outfit's eponymous EP. The result is a radio-ready package in the vein of bands like Kings of Leon and the Killers, with subtle builds giving way to explosive choruses. As marketable and polished as the sound may be, the group shows true sentiment and emotion, particularly on the song "At It Again," in which vocalist Chance-Scott Burke sings, "It's been a month now/And it's way too soon/You're looking in his eyes." If the boys make it as far as their famous friends, it will be more the result of talent and craftsmanship and less of nepotism.
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