Eclectic, atmospheric, Alternative Rock

From the moment you press play on Alternative Rock act The Slang and their new EP "Night and Day," you're instantly brought into the fold of the band's vibrant, all-encompassing wall of sound. There are some bands that, through their song craft and overall melody construction, envelope one's entire being in their creation. As the EP opener, "Ballad of Everything" lives up to both the hype and its namesake.

Whether it's the shimmering lead licks, the consistent bass lines, or the assorted strings, the "Ballad of Everything" has everything one could ever want in an opening track.

The atmospheric verses pave the way for a powerful chorus, and while there are so many things going on, as a listener you never feel overwhelmed by it. Every element is meticulously put together to offer a listening experience that's as purposeful as it is plentiful -- finishing off with beautifully arranged strings.

'Night and Day'

As the title track, "Night and Day" certainly has commercial appeal. For any fans of U2, Coldplay, or Stereophonics, this track will be right up your alley. Its got enough energy and edge to set itself apart from run-of-the-mill Pop, and yet, it also manages to have that catchy, infectious quality that does appeal to the masses.

The video itself is a visual cornucopia of colors and tones, very much in line with the up-beat, feel-good nature of the track.

Clocking in at 2:56, the track itself is also the perfect length for a radio-ready single. It's lengthy enough for listeners to get into it and get a feel for the track, while not being overly drawn out. Also, you won't come away from the listening experience feeling like you've been short changed in any way.

"Night and Day" was recorded at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, highlighting the talented duo of vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist John Bobo and bassist John Newsome. The EP was released over the summer, and the band will be gearing up for live shows this fall in support of it.