Justin Eckerd (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Cameron Federico (lead guitar), Derek Ellis (bass/backing vocals) and Duston Ellis (drums) are Lady Grace. The band initially formed in late 2013 and after some lineup changes eventually released Being Human. This is a longer album at twelve songs and the band is quite eclectic throughout. These are rocks songs but the band dips into different styles.
They open up with “Suture” which is a pretty straightforward indie rock song. You can hear elements of bands like Interpol and The Killers. It’s a solid song that is immediately catchy and I was drawn to the vocal delivery. I can’t say I was surprised by anything either.
Next up is “Keep Me Up” and they continue to showcase their talent. The separate riffs work off each other and the vocals are really exceptional here. “I Know” has a bit more of an Americana vibe. Wilco came to mind.
I thoroughly enjoyed the bass line on “Fighter” and overall smooth vibe. The verse glides into the arching crescendo of a chorus. A winning combo. “Last Of The Devils” may have the most memorable lyrics on the album. Eckerd sings “Take a puff put some smoke in your lungs / A simple note regret in the blood / Drink the water holy father.”
By this point in the album it's obvious that this band knows how to write a song. Five songs deep and each song has a hook, memorable melodies and other components that draw you to the song. The band shows different sides to their music with the emotionally resonant “Being Human” which was a highlight.
Being Human is a great album. That being said I have two minor issues. I think it would have fared a little better at nine or ten songs and I wanted the band’s own essence to emerge a little bit more than it did.
The delivery, songwriting and especially the singing is exceptional. Recommended.
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