Remus is the follow-up to last year’s Romelus from Norwich’s Darwin & The Dinosaur. I was eager to listen to D&TD after seeing they were playing with The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die and Empire, Empire (I Was A Lonely Estate) on apparently the ridiculous name tour.
The first track ‘I Said Goodbye’ starts out quite promising, but before I knew it I had listened to the entire EP and couldn’t really pick out anything outstanding. The songs are catchy, but immediately forgettable. It is clear where D&TD get their influences; they are fans of emo, with a definite glance over at the poppier stuff from the early 2000s, as well as straight forward pop-punk. There is something distinctly British about their influences, in particular Hundred Reasons, despite the similarities to Midwestern emo.
Frankly, compared to similar bands, like Prawn, Their/They’re/There and Crash of Rhinos, Remus falls short. It’s hard to point out the bad thing about this EP; I think the nearest I can get is that you’d be more than happy for D&TD to support a band you like, but you probably wouldn’t pay to see them. I can’t help but feel they are victims of bad timing, and if this EP was released three or four years earlier, I wouldn’t be complaining nearly so much. They have plans to release a full length album by early 2015, which I’ll definitely listen to, and I hope they change my mind.