This Year’s Ghost might not be a particularly familiar name for many right now but with more releases like Yesterday Becomes Tomorrow Today, it is hard to imagine that remaining the case. The five-track EP is a rousing blaze of anthemic melodic rock woven from the varied strains of alternative rock, grunge, and melodic metal, and though in some ways it is not particularly unique there is no escaping the fresh and arousing character to the roar of sound and release.
Formed in 2012, London hailing This Year’s Ghost consists of vocalist/guitarist Paul McKenzie, bassist/backing vocalist Joe Kusionowicz, and drummer Jake Tellinghusen. Last year saw the release of the Winter Earth EP, a release recorded with producer Meyrick de la Fuente. It was the start of a year which sparked good interest the way of the band, a UK tour and numerous other shows adding to the growing awareness of their emergence. Yesterday Becomes Tomorrow Today is the next step, a release sure to increase the swell of attention crowding around the band and alone reason why those in the know keenly shout about the trio’s compelling exploits.
Recorded with producer Matt Hyde (Slipknot/Machine Head/Funeral For A Friend/Gallows), Yesterday Becomes Tomorrow quickly stirs up ears and an eager appetite with Death Of A Gift, its entrance of fuzzy guitar and brewing intensity a potent coaxing. In no time it is into a reserved but fiery stroll with the superb tones of McKenzie strongly impressing, as too the web of grooves and sonic endeavour escaping his guitar strings. Band inspirations include the likes of Biffy Clyro, Pearl Jam, and Alter Bridge, and fair to say in the opener alone you can feel those essences colouring the song’s inviting roar, but equally This Year’s Ghost casts its own identity in the rich melodies and vocal harmonies shaping the excellent drama of the song.
The stirring start continues with December Sun, a track featuring guest vocals from Stitch D of The Defiled. Straight away as melodic persuasion gallops in on hefty beats and grouchy bass, ears and appetite are gripped, even more so as the vocals croon with expression and quality. Though not as energetic as its predecessor, dynamically the song is a rampant stallion of sound and invention, its metallic side the flaring nostrils and melodic invention the heart of one impassioned and arousing encounter.
Carry Us In Blue similarly aligns a carnivorous rhythmic enticement, especially from the bass, with harmonic and melodic flames; the union breeding the emotive intensity escaping through the pores of the track’s tempestuous but controlled bellow. Whereas the first two songs immediately stir the senses and emotions, the third is more of a smouldering persuasion but one subsequently leaving ripe pleasure and a captivation of the over time. Though Silver Tongue hits with a swifter temptation it too blossoms more over numerous plays, its inflamed seduction a success unwilling to rush things but increasingly successful whilst adding to the rich enjoyment arising from Yesterday Becomes Tomorrow.
The EP is completed by the provocative infectiousness of Black Dogs, another where bass and drums are predatory, vocals and guitar sonically radiant, and all unite to craft a fire of imaginative sonic expression and intensive lyrical reflection, something which applies to the whole of the increasingly impressing release.
Bolder originality is the only thing you could offer up as something missing within Yesterday Becomes Tomorrow Today, an essence though easy to assume will emerge as the band evolves and grows. Other than that the EP borders on the majestic; a thickly pleasing proposition which might not change your musical life but easily doffer up This Year’s Ghost as a new long term friend.
The Yesterday Becomes Tomorrow Today EP is available now via iTunes.
Pete RingMaster 22/11/2015
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