Reviews History Ghosts in the City

History

Ghosts in the City

I hate being lied too. I remember wanting this CD for review because the one-sheet was all about this Orlando, Florida band being a "Dischord-Style" punk band. Well I can tell you right now that they don't sound anything like Minor Threat. They do however try and co-opt a very vague 90's Dischords sound. If I really stretch my listening comprehension abilities I do hear a Jawbox riff here and some quirky Shudder to Think parts there. Nevertheless, there is nothing else on Ghosts in the City that reminds of anything from Washington D.C.

What History does remind me of is a very arty version of Thursday. The drumming is way too busy, there's too many keyboards controlling the songs, and the song themselves sound like a bunch of parts throw together in hat. The band would just pick them out at will and think, "Okay this part will go here right after this one and then we will pick another part out of the blue." It's a mismatch of overbearing pretentiousness filtered through some good ideas with less than stellar results. I will give it up to History they don't sound like every other band out there but then again they don't really do anything that makes me want to keep listening to them.

This band isn't that bad at all actually. The music is really inventive, somewhat catchy, and probably a band full of nice talented people. I'm still bitter over the whole Dischord thing. Oh well, them's the breaks.

8.2 / 10Jason
Leave a comment

8.2 / 10

8.2 / 10

Share this content
Recent reviews

Andrew Paley

Sirens

9.0 / 10 Andrew Paley - Sirens album cover

Perhaps best known as the frontman of Vermont post-punk band The Static Age, Andrew Paley has never been shy about his penchant for playing solo acoustic songs. Where The Static ...

Enmeshed

The Egesal

7.0 / 10 Enmeshed  - The Egesal album cover

There is very little information available about who Enmeshed is, other than that they are a four piece band, releasing their debut album The Egesal. With an interesting setup, including ...

Bad Sports

Living with Secrets

7.8 / 10 Bad Sports - Living with Secrets album cover

Bad Sports are coming into their own. They’ve always been a solid Denton, TX hyphen-rock band but on their new EP, Dirtnap’s Living With Secrets, the nuances are starting to ...

Related news

Bands Stand Accused Launch Website

Posted May 25, 2004, 3:33 p.m.

Boston hardcore outfit Stand Accused, which features members of notable acts Reach the Sky, The Hope Conspiracy, and The A-Team have launched their official site here. While no audio has ...

MP3s Harkonen/These Arms Are Snakes Split Available

Posted May 3, 2004, 3:53 p.m.

Click here to download the collaboration track "Touched For the Very First Time" from the upcoming Harkonen/These Arms Are Snakes split CD. Like a Virgin can be ordered through ...

MP3s New Cast Aside Mp3 Available

Posted May 2, 2004, 5:32 p.m.

You can download the new Cast Aside track "Honor" from the band's upcoming Deathwish Inc. release The Struggle here. The effort will be released in July, meanwhile the band ...

x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.