Midday Committee are a pop/punk band from Portsmouth, who formed in 2011. ‘I’m Sure Someone Mentioned A Cheque’ is their second EP, following 2011’s ‘Nice Kids, Bad Judge of Character’.
The EP opens with ‘This Job Has Its Ups and Downs’, which is the most obvious single from the record. It’s the kind of song you’ll find yourself singing all day, thanks to the repetitive and catchy chorus. This track holds several elements reminiscent of A Day to Remember’s ‘Homesick’.
‘Chivalry’s Dead, Sugar!’ is another song which could become a single. While at first glance it could come across as a little messy or even disjointed, there is something about the unique sound which just works; the guitar especially standing out.
The third track is ‘We Have a Particular Set of Skills’, which has a similar sound to track one minus the catchiness; probably the least exciting on the EP simply for lack of anything which sets it apart.
‘Starry Eyes’ is track four and a song which grows on you the more it’s heard; the first time it sounds almost like it has just been added to fill space on the EP but gets better every time it plays and has some great lyrics. It also has a different, cleaner sound than the rest of the album; lighter and more ‘poppy’.
From listening you’d never believe that this band is barely a year old. Both the song writing and lyrics are superior to much of the early work of far bigger bands, and their music is reminiscent of bands such as Deaf Havana and A Day to Remember. However, they also have their own individual style which seems especially clear in the track ‘Chivalry’s Dead, Sugar!’
Words: Daisy Bressington