GREATER GHOST is an Alternative/Rock band from Stoke-On-Trent England. (Yes, that’s really a place) and features Jay Hawkins (Vocals, Guitar), Rick Loynes (Vocals, Bass), Rich Ellis (Guitar), Tim Paling (Drums).
They’ve just released their second EP called Polarity, recorded by Kevin Peters in Bristol’s Anemic Studios, and is available everywhere. (FOR FREE AT http://greaterghost.bandcamp.com/)
These guys blend the best pieces of bands like Moving Mountains, Thrice, and Finch to create a melodic yet edgy immersion of sound that catches your ear. There are plenty of heavy-hitting moment contained in just 4 tracks. The band is not afraid to use the dynamic of loud-quiet-loud to take you for a roller coaster of audible emotion. These guys come off like pros and this EP solidifies themselves among the playlist of any alternative hard rock listener.
The EP opens up with “Silhouette” which is a great feature to what the band is capable of.
I’ve been waiting so long for a moment that defines us/
So long, a silhouette was standing right beside me/
We were almost one, but we don’t belong.
With an eerie intro, it bursts right into the verse with syncopated rhythms and wailing drums and soaring guitars. Then the tone quiets and crystalline guitars and a flowing bassline carries you through the middle of the track.
Another highlight is the last few seconds of “Safe To Speak” which gets the band in a true hardcore frenzy right before it drops you into “Ghost In This Place.”
“Ash & Embers” is a fantastic closing to the EP and reminds me of Finch’s classic “What It Is To Burn” with the fury of the band bottled into this song, it truly kicks you in your headphones when played at full volume.
Watch it burn/
Watch as everything you love turns to Ash & Embers slowly fading out/
But it’s not the end.