NYC heavy newcomers Ghostwreck are a union of songwriters. A marriage of musicians and writers from now disbanded former acts across New York, the band take influence from the likes of Bury Tomorrow and Endwell. Their 2021 debut The City is Gone was a promising but patchy affair, and Ghostwreck have ironed out the kinks for their new record.
“215th Place” is a simmering opener and a cascading, emotive, and uplifting alternative rock anthem. Off the bat, Ghostwreck ooze dexterity, both instrumentally and with a deft transition from scream to clean vocals.
One thing clear immediately is Ghostwreck’s intention to challenge themselves. The melodically weighted opener meets a quick juxtaposition from the heavy entry of new single “Poison” (which you can check out here.)
Throughout the record, the East Coast crew do a sturdy job of presenting skull-crushing screams alongside soaring choruses. In doing so, they channel some of the best in the game, with August Burns Red and We Came As Romans vibes prevalent throughout.
The myriad backgrounds and influences brought by various members emerge audibly and regularly throughout the EP, from the 00’s alternative rock/emo vibes on “Saint” to riveting progressive hardcore riffs that open the tantalizing “Old Fashioned Murder.”
The most impressive thing on 1954 is the depth. Depth coming within each track from the ambitious and multi-layered instrumentation, and depth in terms of the complete absence of filler on the—albeit six-track—album. Ghostwreck’s appeal spans heavy fans, melodic rock lovers, and those prone to the math-leaning progressive hardcore. 1954 establishes the band as a highly intriguing prospect.
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