They might be funny. But they aren't nearly as ironic as everyone seems to think. Just because TMBG sings about historical figures and metaphysical birdhouses doesn't mean it's fishing for a laugh; in fact, it's about time TMBG were blessed with a more fitting adjective: smart. Smart about melody, history, pop culture, songwriting and lyricism. Paving the way for the band's upcoming 10th full-length, The Spine, later this summer, Indestructable Object consists of four Giants originals, including "Am I Awake?," a paranoid, electronic ode to insomnia, and "Au Contraire," a typical blend of TMBG's oddball lyrics and subtle pop songcraft. Throw in a sweet-and-sober cover of Brian Wilson's "Caroline, No," and you've got a serious little EP by a smart little band.