El Prospects is a four track split EP between Prospects, hailing from Lárissa, Greece, and Seattle, Washington’s Elude. Prospects were formed in March 2010, and have been heavily influenced by late 90s and early 2000s Pop Punk bands such as Yellowcard, New Found Glory and Sum 41. The other half of this EP is from Elude, a trio formed around the same time as Prospects, and have since gone on to release two EPs and have their fair share of media attention across the United States. Despite the geographical distance between the two bands, it is clear by their sounds how they belong on a split together.
The first track is “Truth or Dare” from Prospects, which has an opening riff not too dissimilar to “C’mon” by Go Betty Go. The tone and structure of the song is something that wouldn’t sit out of place on a Lit record. The song has an extremely catchy chorus that you could quite easily bounce around to at a show. Track three is the second track from Prospects, entitled “18.” While still upbeat, it doesn’t have the same catchiness as “Truth or Dare.” It still has enough to make you nod your head, but it doesn’t seem to distinguish the verse from the chorus very clearly until the Stay Together For The Kids-esque bridge towards the end.
Track two is the first of two from Elude, called “16 Days.” It begins with a sample from “The Shalimar” by The Last Poets (made popular by being sampled in The Chronic (Intro) by Dr. Dre). With a straight forward opening groove, the guitar brings in a fast paced riff and then, promptly, Ryan Atkins’ voice, which sounds very reminiscent of Deryck Whibley from Sum 41. Appropriately, the song could quite comfortably sit on an early Sum 41 record due to their very similar vocal style and overall feel of the song. The final track on the EP is “Flinch.” Beginning with an old reliable drum fill and lone guitar riff and then bringing it all together with good colour and resonance in the song due to the subtle effects on the guitar that makes the song not sound like it was recorded on the cheap, all DIY. The vocals on the song were provided by Kevin Atkins who has a very different style and deeper tone to him than his brothers. “Flinch” has a more professional sound to it than the previous track (which makes sense as they are from different EPs), but they could easily be mistaken for two different bands.
In summary this EP delivers nothing you haven’t heard before from the height of early 2000s pop punk, but that is not necessarily a bad thing as it does deliver some nostalgia. And though these two bands don’t bring anything new to the genre, they are, in their own right extremely capable songwriters, making it an EP worth checking out.