London's Device took the unusual move of establishing an American following before settling back in their native country and although there's a certain lack of credibility in recording backing tracks for Shakin' Stevens and jamming with Will Smith, it's always handy to get a bit of exposure at the start of a band's career. Device's 'Essex County Line' - their first release - is a three track EP.
The title track isn't actually the best thing on here. It's a decent soulful indie-rock number but nothing to get excited about, like Bloc Party without the electronic element. 'Sirens', on the other hand, is substantially better; frontman "Woody" showing the variation in his vocal, the band's guitars ring out wrapping themselves around a chorus which captures the vibrancy of a thrilling night. Then 'Angel Of The South' begins in run-of-the-mill fashion but recovers to produce a rousing finish. It's a useful beginning for Device and they do seem capable of creating their own sound.