You With Me is the debut EP by Central Jersey-based duo the dt’s, compiling their first 3 singles plus one new track, and it’s simply a fantastic collection of some of the best power pop songs I’ve heard since the early 2000s, and some of the best britpop you’ll ever hear from a non-British band.
White T-shirt actually kicks off the album in a fairly different way, seeing the band in full grungey 90s alternative rock mode. Contrasting bluesy verses with a soaring, uptempo chorus and a scorching guitar solo, the song reminds me of a cross between Monster-era REM and Frosting On The Beater-era Posies, but with enough of the band’s own spin to make it a wonderful listen.
You With Me, the EP’s title track, is a song that goes full-on Britpop, sounding like something that could’ve fit right in on Oasis’s Definitely Maybe. From the lead vocal that evokes Liam Gallagher at his best, to the guitar solo that more than recalls Rock N Roll Star, this song is a great tribute to that 90s Britpop style while still putting more of an American twist on it, and is an absolutely incredible number that’s possibly my favorite on the whole EP. That chorus melody is constantly getting stuck in my head, something which I won’t complain about at all!
Need You (Forever) is the EP’s epic, continuing the Britpop-esque sound but applied to a huge, 6 minute song structure with a phenomenal chord progression, incredible guitar work and a hypnotic and psychedelic outro. This one’s been a favorite of mine ever since I heard it on Robo Jack Records compilation Sandwich Shop Jams, and it sounds even better here in the company of the 3 other wonderful tunes. I can see this song sounding phenomenal live, especially as a set closer.
Tina closes the album by going in a surprising folk-oriented direction. Filled with mandolin, acoustic guitar leads and a drop dead gorgeous melody, the song kind of reminds me of a 70s Elton John ballad sans piano, or perhaps Bob Welch-era Fleetwood Mac, and it closes the album brilliantly.
Overall, You With Me is an absolutely incredible EP that makes me very excited to hear what the dt’s make next, every single song is a pure joy to listen to and not a single one’s a weak point. Truly one of my favorite releases of the year thus far!
Final rating: 9.5/10
Best tracks: All of them