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Ghost Thrower - self-titled
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the so-called “emo revival”. Some argue that emo never went away, while others talk of a renewed energy in the genre. Which ever side you sit on, there’s certainly no doubt that 90s influenced emo is a big thing right now. Boston five-piece Ghost Thrower’s self-titled debut is certainly a testament to this.
Throughout its 11 tracks, you can hear the immediate influence of bands such as The Get Up Kids (Lemons) and Jawbreaker (The Unexamined Life), ensuring a nostalgic feeling is entrenched within the album. The band delivers this however with an understated charm all of their own with gripping vocal harmonies, clever musicianship and a number of hooky choruses.
From the first listen front to back, the most noticeable thing about the self-titled effort is the albums diversity. Tracks span from fast and frantic (When Are You Coming Home?) to harrowing slow jams (The King of Louisiana). This diversity is not limited just to song structures, with the lyrical content painting pictures of late night party regrets, melodramatic self-loathing and a satirical nonchalance. This non-linear approach to a debut long player initially caught me off guard, however a few listens in, each change in dynamic, tempo or lyrical angle between songs came as a breath of fresh air.
While I’m not suggesting Ghost Thrower have reinvented the wheel with their debut, the records diversity is still most definitely the highlight. Some records are just perfect for certain situations. Some are meant to be played as the soundtrack to your summer, some are best appreciate in the isolation of your room and some are made for that long commute home at five in the morning as you reflect on the mistakes you have made partying the night before. Ghost Thrower’s self-titled debut has a little bit of all of these things and then some, making it one of my favourite punk releases for 2013.
Such a cool review, thank you!!
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Great review of our new record by Dying Scene. Read the full piece here: http://dyingscene.com/news/ghost-thrower-ghost-thrower/
Cool interview with Ghetto Blaster magazine. Discussing the new record and writing processes. Check it out by clicking here
Really cool review of our new record via Alternative Press:
Ghost Thrower’s long-gestating full-length debut is a sprawling affair that shows the Boston/Brooklyn-based band metamorphisized once again. On a pair of introductory EPs for Equal Vision Records, ex-Therefore I Am guitarist Travis Alexander unleashed a somber sound that was delightfully miserable, imagining some hellish valley both Conor Oberst and Thursday might inhabit. A split with upstart friends Foreign Tongues [released on AP managing editor Scott Heisel’s Youth Conspiracy Records —full-disclosure ed.] marked a distinct change, channeling the more playful spirit of the Weakerthans and Jets To Brazil with pristine tone and sharp playing. Their self-titled LP wields rougher production and an almost recklessly loose cohesion, but it’s a largely endearing collection of lively, punk-inflected indie rock, setting self-pitying matters to mostly upbeat, forward-moving fare.
It’s easy to get a mixtape vibe from Ghost Thrower at times, with echoes of diverse artists like Wavves (“The Unexamined Life”), the Get Up Kids (“Lemons”), Smokine Popes (Alexander’s often restrained vocal delivery is reminiscent of Josh Caterer), and At The Drive-In (who certainly influenced TIA, but never quite inspired them in a way that resulted in something as focused, concise or abrasive as “When Are You Coming Home?”). But it’s all tied together by the embittered themes Alexander has dabbled in since Day 1, from the emptiness of hipster bar culture (opener “Halloween In Brooklyn”) and soured relationships (“Lemons,” slow heartbreaker “The King Of Louisiana,” vicious closer “Worry Addled Brain”) to the absurdity of religious affiliation (“Illuminatus!”) and self-destruction (“Young Luck,” which harkens back to the band’s early days).
While it feels like it would be stronger with a clearer focal point, it shouldn’t be a surprise that a band as exploratory as Ghost Thrower have been remains that way within the confines of their first proper LP. Ghost Thrower are pretty-to-very good at seemingly any style or mood they attempt, and an experiment’s rate of success like that warrants recognition.
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