Thursday, March 01, 2012

EP Review: Good Graces

Title:  Good Graces (BandCamp, Stereokiller)
Artist:  Good Graces (Facebook, Twitter, BandCamp, Stereokiller)

Good Graces play melodic post hardcore with hints of pop punk and indie rock influence.  Their self-titled debut EP is five songs of passionate music filled with strong melodies and throaty/gravely/gruff vocals.  If that description brings to mind the likes of Hot Water Music, Red City Radio, or Pegboy then you have a pretty good idea of what is going on with Good Graces. 

The EP opens with the mid-tempo “Bad Day at the Rat Races,” a song that starts with a slow intro before kicking the tempo and urgency up a notch.  Next is “Cruisin’ for a Brusin’” which hits you right off the bat with a speedy hook before it turn to the chorus which has great potential to create a big sing-a-long anthem feel when played live (at least that is what I envisioned).  “OH! We Doin’ It” is driven by another great hook while “Holy Smokes! You Need Booze!” heads beck to the mid-tempo territory with a measured melody.  The EP closes out with “Get Confident, Stupid” anther anthem of a song. 

Good Graces shows a whole lot of promise and potential on this EP.  I can’t wait to see what they do next. 

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