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Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
This band has been media ready since day one so it should be said that nothing any reviewer says about them is going to detract from their publicity.

Victor Villareal is the guy who supposedly threw a wrench in the works of Cap'N Jazz and Erik Bocek and Sam Zurick were recently tossed out of Joan of Arc (the official story is that they "left the band") for being less than enthusiastic. Right away we're looking at a super-group of bad boys here; the Dennis Rodmans of punk rock, if you will.

As for the record I don't really know. The first song starts out great but somewhere along the line just looses its umph. I can't really put my finger on it since everything is there; great guitar work, solid rhythm work, great interplay between all corners. But something just isn't clicking here.

So, lets move on, shall we? The second song seems to get a little too caught up in the dueling guitars stuff to really go anywhere and leaves me sort of angry that this 7" just isn't rocking the way I thought it would. The first track was well put together but was only lacking the "glue" to pull it all in. Number two is just plain nothing.

Third time's a charm, right? Nope. You would have though with all of the experimental shit Joan of Arc is doing that Bocek and Zurick would be fed up with anything but verse-chorus-verse guitar rock. Well here we find the band messing around with what I believe to me maracas. This song did make me hungry for some chips and salsa, but that's about it. I'm all for experimenting, but you have to know what the definition of experimenting IS = trying something out. If it don't work, let it go. This samba shit just isn't working.

So it goes that Ghosts and Vodka fall victim to the common trappings of a collection of storied musicians; they seem to have too many ideas and too much individualism to form a cohesive whole. Damn, I was really looking forward to this record, too. Oh well. I think I'll head down to the store and pick up some Doritos.

Reviewed by Avery Jones

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