Early Riser are a quirky band from Brooklyn. And by quirky, I am referring to their cello-driven punk sound. That cello gives the songs on their new record (Vocations) a folky vibe, but in a nuanced and subtle way: Vocations essentially is classic pop punk and in no way sounds like Flogging Molly. On the record, founding members Kiri Oliver and Heidi Vanderlee are joined by Nicole Nussbaum & Mikey Erg – who icymi released an excellent solo record a couple of weeks ago. A strength of Early Riser is that all four member sing, with plenty of harmonies and group vocals, giving the song a communal and upbeat feel. My early favorites on the record are Metronome Heart and the title track. For the latter, the band has created one of the most inspired stuck-at-home video’s I’ve seen yet, see below. Vocations is out now on A-F Records in vinyl colors that mirror the album cover.