Saturday, July 27, 2013

RADIATOR REVIEWS: Walking Ghosts - Walking Ghosts 7"

This post marks our glorious return to posting album reviews and a renewed push sharing new musical content. It has been a busy, yet restful year, and it's great to be back so let's get right to it.

Northampton indie rockers Walking Ghosts recent Debut 7" Single Is a notable development on the US indie and punk spectrums.

The opening track "Not Today" is clearly born out of traditional blues and 50's rock and roll, and in a visual sense, Film Noir, but it can neither be accurately described as belonging to either genre or film style.

The 7", which acts primarily as a sampler of a future LP, seems infused with an element of Kraut, a deceptively understated undertow of bass, drums, and organ. The consistently uptempo rhythms rollick along, rarely grabbing attention from wizard-fingered lead singer/guitarist Grant Wicks.

The track feels equally comfortable at a beach party as it is in a dingy basement. It feels lo-fi, incorporating an edge of surfer-wave-type punk, dirty like basement rock a la Ty Segall in spirit, but it also manages at times a clean and sophisticated sound similar to The White Stripes or Rolling Stones. Geographically speaking, Walking Ghosts' sound draw a bridge between Nashville and Brooklyn.

The bonus track, "Memories, Mistakes, and Loose ends" further cements the groups  overall sound. At times more stye than substance, but never for lacking substance, only excess in style. 8.3

reviewed by Mohamed El-Darwish RADIATOR COLLECTIVE 2012