This time out we get five songs that range from the sublime Smokers are Idiots and Kill All the Violent Dogs to the autobiographical Bottoms Reservoir, a cautionary tale about the consequences of not going to the toilet before sailing.
It is a mixed bag if I am honest. Song for the Bereaved just doesn't work for me. It is the weakest song in Mr. Japers' cannon. I can see what he is getting at but the song just fails to take off.
Rhodri Wees on the other hand links a killer tune to a lyric about a dog with continence issues, and a wonderful singalong chorus.
Bottoms Reservoir is a departure for the band as it is more autobiographical than usual. The Laurel and Hardy riff sets the scene well.
Smokers are Idiots is a perfect example of Japers craft. It has a well constructed lyric, a hummable tune and conveys his perspective of world effectively. Likewise Kill All The Violent Dogs. These two songs highlight Japers' comic genius. The man is a one off and a national treasure.
You can buy both the new ep and the album here. The album is excellent. Give yourself a treat buy both of them and to really make your day, go see them live, you won't regret it.