On this day 20 years ago I was dressed as Cinderella, awaiting a night of free candy. Today I’m just painting my nails to look like a bloody mess because that’s how much holiday spirit I can muster up. Which is a shame because I’m sitting here listening to Sparrows’ Ghosts From Our Past, and it seems an appropriate album to get me in the mood got goblins and ghouls, but alas I’ll just write what I think about the music instead of thinking about my costume choice that never was.
Last time I was joined with Sparrows it was for Goliath. That album had tracks in which I had no clue what was being conveyed. This time around, I heard every word loud and clear and was very happy about that. “It’s Always Sunny in Bramalea” clocked in at one of the longest songs my ears have ever met. At 5:40 minutes, it could’ve easily been two or three different tracks. Thrice fans might be up for this one based on the musical attributes and sound, but for me…It was just too long.
With only three actual songs on Ghosts From Our Past, it was a tough call to between which of the other two I liked best. “Hit the Kill Switch” had a great soft start and I loved how the vocals stood out, but “Hop the Gates to the Cemetary” just had something a little extra for me to hold on to. Goliath had a song that was a little like Taking Back Sunday, and this album does to with its cemetery visit. Once you hopped those gates, you were in a song that could be compared to a TBS demo. It’s not rough, but it does lack the mainstream appeal TBS encases.
Today I’m not in costume, but I do have the Halloween mindset thanks to Sparrows and their latest endeavor. Ghosts From Our Past is a post-hardcore rock album that has all the ingredients to make fans of Dustin Kensrue and Thursday happy. It’s out now and available for consumption, so get it and dig in.