Although Goodnite Gracie as a whole is a new band, its individual members have been part of the music scene for much of their lives. Their self-titled EP was released in the summer of 2015, and its classic mix of retro rock & roll, punk, and pop rock has intrigued listeners and made a solid statement about the band’s talent and potential.
The first song of the EP, “The Sound”, is by far the catchiest and most unforgettable piece on the record. The full sound of electric guitars, bass, and percussion are brought to life amidst Sean Ryan’s elevated vocals that hover between toned classical and gravelly grunge singing. The chorus is comprised of a particularly striking groove, and the verses and bridge incorporate instrumentative variation and dynamic fluctuation in order to keep the listener wholly invested.
“Going Nowhere” builds upon the success of the opening track, and as the tempo is brought down just a touch, the energy continues to build through melodic riffs, synchronized power chords, and lyrics that direct listeners’ attention to poetic themes. The next song, “This Apology”, feels like a stylistic continuation of “Going Nowhere”, but there is more of a bluesy feel that brings out an additional facet of the band’s repertoire and influence.
Sean’s vocals reach a whole new level throughout “The Endless Design” as his unfettered emotion is brought through his voice and the accompanying instruments. This track is especially emotive, and the amount of sentiment that the band infused into the soundscape is readily apparent.
The EP is brought to a triumphant end with the appropriately named “In The End”, a hard-hitting modern rock anthem that features crashing cymbals, relentless power chords, and lightning-fast guitar solos. A brief respite with acoustic instrumentation packed in amidst the screaming guitars is central to the song’s display of the band’s pure vitality. As a whole, Goodnite gracie’s EP is a modern success of classic rock that has been personalized just enough to let the band’s personality and demeanor become illuminated.
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