Hey – hey you. Yeah, you, the one holding that sign that states quite clearly in comic sans: ‘I really would quite like it if someone plonked a violin into some clean-cut grunge,’ you, my friend, are in luck.
Yes, it seems that the weird uncle Frank of the string instrument family has left its comfortable surroundings in the primary school talent show, downed a hearty gulp of that all too notorious ‘purple drank,’ and joined a grunge band. This is the latest tune from Project Ghost Writer: State of a Heart.
The use of the fiddle is rather unexpected at first, given the immediate hit of metal in the introduction of the song. But hey, it’s experimental, it’s a surprise – I dig that.
The band write and produce all of their own music, they’ve got that kind of graft about them. Of course, this does mean that the quality of the production is a little less than what you’d expect from an in-house tech guy at Abbey Road, but it’s not all that bad.
The song to me is a reflection of the band’s experimental urges, their love for grungy-metal combined with the want to create something different from the norm.
I would have liked, as listener, for the vocals to be a bit rougher. A little bit of grit spread out across the surface of the song wouldn’t do it any harm. It would give for a little more excitement and a rocknroll vibe.
Of course, as a demo, as an expression of what the band are looking to achieve, it’s a great sign. That experimental mindset, producing fantastic quirks in the want to get away from the norm, is what bands should be aiming for in this day and age.
In conclusion, I think the band should go at it, produce something different, something fresh. I would like to see this done with some more grit, a bit more of a blood-curdling sound to it, something that makes your hair stand on end.