I have to admit that I get kind of geeked when a band mentions they probably sound most like Sebadoh, Archers of Loaf or Dinosaur Jr. As far as I’m concerned The Ignorist, which is the combined talents of Mickey Ethridge, Jason Manley Brian Pitts and Greg Williamstags make music that can stand side by side the previously mentioned bands.
On their album There Is No Vacancy they bring classic guitar leads and vocal melodies you can sing along to as well as much more into a certified rock record you are not going to want to pass by. The songs on There Is No Vacancy will have some nostalgic sentimentality if you are a thirty something who tried to play guitar like J Mascis and sing like Stephen Malkmus. I have little doubt about the band’s influences but The ignorist also establishes their own sound on There Is No Vacancy.
The band immediately showcases that this is a guitar record with the first track (“Reserved Sunshine”). Multiple guitars parts intersect with the perfect amount of ‘90s crunch as the drums hit hard and the vocalist sings, “It’s barely alive / That’s hardly a lie / I’m reserving my sunshine / For some other yard.” “Not Sold In Stores” is a six-minute highlight that utilizes a good sense of guitar feedback while “Vertical Hold” throws pretension out the window and decides to rock out and have fun instead.
“Hotel O.K.” is a ten-minute epic that features multiple guitars solos and parts that were some of the most noteworthy of the album. The song is a dynamic rollercoaster ride that combines moments of pure guitar mayhem as well as mellow, tranquil moments that are the calm after the storm.
I can honestly say that out of all the songs on the album there weren’t any I felt like skipping. This is great guitar from beginning to end so do yourself a favor and press play.
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