Sparrows: Ghosts From Our Past

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.

Team Goldie: Going Out Living

Growing up my mom worked at the little liquor store in our town. Besides overpriced cereal and deli food, they sold grab bags for kids. The only thing that made them the slight bit different was the labels “boy” and “girl.” The labels didn’t matter much and in the end you never got what you really expected, rather a little bit of everything. That’s what came to mind when I was listening to Team Goldie’s Going Out Living because it had a “pop rock” label, but really the variety offered in just five songs was a surprise.

The “Overture” was a nice gesture, but unnecessary to me because I don’t feel intros need to be longer than a minute. Things picked up with the All Time Low like “Going Out Living (ft. Jimmy Stadt).” It was a tongue twister of sorts and I now feel it’s my mission to not only learn every word, but be able to execute them as well. I thought the entire record would have that energetic feel, but I was wrong. “New York” went down a little thug path, and “…Is Finishing School For Cynics Like Us” had this overall church choir feel to it. I was really confused but those two, like where’d the pop rock go? Team Goldie decided to take a slowed down approach to an otherwise fast paced Piebald song, “American Hearts.” Since I’m not dedicated to the other, I think they did a fine job with the cover.

Going Out Living was a grab bag album due to it never sticking to an all-around theme, or rather genre. Each song is different from the last and leaves you guessing as to what Team Goldie is all about. Essentially they’re a pop rock band from Pennsylvania  that would play well with bands like Mayday Parade and We The Kings. Going Out Living is out now and if you like albums that aren’t the same the whole way through, then this one’s for you

Peace’d Out: Peace’d Out

When people from your favorite bands decide to pursue other musical outlets, you’re left torn. Is their new stuff as great as the music you fell in love with in the first place? I still have friends who try to insist Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz and he his thing Black Cards, is actually okay. I won’t ever buy that because FOB was a huge part of my life for some time, so I can’t expect people to hop on Peace’d Out’s self-titled too fast.

A scent of mystery surrounded Peace’d Out and those involved, but once it was revealed that it was comprised of Vinnie Caruana (I Am The Avalanche, The Movielife), Steve Choi (RX Bandits), Casey Deitz (The Velvet Teen) and Roger Camero (No Motiv, The Warriors),  people were excited to see new music from some of their favorites. Now the wait is over and their self-titled EP is out for fans to take in. The Velvet Teen and No Motiv are foreign to me, but I can say this is a far cry from The Movielife and RX Bandits.

If you went through the musical collection of one of your most open friends, and combined a little of their punk, a lot of their hardcore and a pinch of their metal…You’d get Peace’d Out. My first run through the record left me speechless. It wasn’t that it was this amazing album, I just didn’t know what they were saying…So I paid attention to the musical elements and concluded that if you were to dress the listener of this album; they’d be in a fitted Bring Me The Horizon tee.

“Castlemania” started with an intro that resembled an alien abduction. From what I understood, I felt that song was a message to fans, and the bands relief to be making new music. Another intro that was striking was “White Pyramids.” It played like the beginning of a Blockbuster period piece staring Keira Knightley, but then shed the elegance when the hardcore set in.  While Peace’d  Out had some memorable starts, it was “Cha-Chang-Changmail” that was best all around. It didn’t bother with intricate buildups and got right into the meat of the song.

Fans of any of the men of Peace’d Out’s previous bands might not be an immediate fans, but people who listen to bands like Indian School and All Get Out are more than likely to be instantly attracted to Peace’d Out and their mesh of hardcore, metal and punk. Peace’d Out’s out now on Siren Records.