There’s no denying that Sydney trio In Stereo have a massive and highly supportive fanbase. After competing on the 2015 series of The X Factor Australia and getting eliminated prematurely they have gone on to release 2 EP’s which comfortably sat in the Top 20 Aria Charts along with the ridiculously catchy track “Girlfriend” which was played on heavy rotation. For their third EP “Day In, Day Out” the trio are taking a more mature approach with a slick and bold sound. They are showing a growth and maturity that is well above their age and will become a guilty pleasure for many people above the age of 17. Lead single and opening track “Bad For Me” delivers a groovy sound full of glossy synths and riveting baselines. It’s kinda the sound you always wished One Direction went towards before their questionable final last two albums. The chorus will instantly be stuck in your head and I know I wasn’t sure how I felt about that. “Like You” quickly injects a tropical summer sound with synths in the hook that are similar to Neiked’s big hits “Sexual” and “Call Me”. You will quickly be up dancing without shame, okay maybe a little. “Don’t Wanna Go Home” gives infectious verses that have a distinct RNB influence but then the chorus underwhelms with a tacky pop hook. This is something I would’ve expected on their first EP and probably could’ve accepted but after the last two tracks I expected more. Luckily “Never Felt This Good” introduces a edgier sound with gritty guitars that drive the verses and lead into a full production hook that gets stuck in your head with the “woo woo’s”. But then “Let Me Show You” gives you a funky production that sounds way too similar to The Jonas Brothers “Burning Up” that I couldn’t get that melody out of my head. They then finished the EP with the moment I was waiting for. “Not Around” is a stripped back guitar ballad that allows their harmonies to take centre stage and showcase a major growth in songwriting. The chord progression almost has a blues twang to it which was very commendable. It made me want to hear more stripped back songs like this from them in the future.
They could’ve gone down the gimmicky route of bubblegum pop tracks but they haven’t and it’s applaudable. They have instead wrote music that actually means something to them and perfectly captures the thoughts of an adolescent trying to guide themselves in this world. It’s not for everyone, and there are two songs that were a bit too tweeny for me but I surprised myself in just how much I enjoyed listening to it.