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Holy Ghost
Get Your Funeral Shoes EP
Clearly Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Like the eye-opening moment at the end of an epic drama where the heroes (herein played by the members of The Holy Ghost) look on to a vast, empty landscape and know that the desolate land is their next conquest, the albums Color Sympathy and Broken Record claimed the territories consciously emptied by Shudder to Think and filled them with patriotic vigor. The Holy Ghost brazened the banner "Long Live the Kings", paraded around and were beloved by many.

Get Your Funeral Shoes is an EP that feels more like the days before inauguration; the lame duck spinning in his office, stacking boxes, and the promise of new leadership as yet unfulfilled. While it appears chronologically after those two constituency-raising releases, it plays more like a precursor: the edges aren't quite as sharp, the punches seem pulled in caution. What we have may be a step toward maturity and evening out, or conversely, a different dimension of a partially pigeonholed band.

Each of the six tracks ultimately wins out, no matter what the reason. "Ghettobird" begins with the blistering chimes of dance-punk, and zeroes in on the enjoyable, skewed retro akin to bands like the Hot Hot Heat. Its near-Beatlesque chanting chorus lights into your sensibilities and leaves a noticeable mark.

"Sarah Needed" slows things down to the stirring beaters of a whipped drum and a strung-out, labored anthem. It shows that their influences are far more than Wedrenian, pulling more from classic rock and mysteriously colorful blacklight tapesteries.

"Seein' is Believin' (It's Alright)" is almost jangly in comparison, pulsing in thoughts of Pavement and the Kinks for some dirty fun and sweaty sunshine. "Clarice and the Schoolboy" represents their past catalog best, but ties in more of that classic Doors feel for something bizarre yet nostalgic.

Finally, "What If We Never Change?" lets everything fall to pieces in a fabulous mess, as rhythms come apart, vocals slip from blurting mouths, and chaos is inevitably befriended in sharp guitar squeals. It seems all is back to normal for these troublemakers, but in a different capacity after this inspired EP.

It is only when plowing through these six ups and downs straight through, allowing the newest twists and influences to unfold, we come to realize that the Holy Ghost is no less brazen. What they have accomplished is more focused than ever before, with more range than they initially let on.

Will Get Your Funeral Shoes convert the masses like their doubly spastic full-length exploits did? Truthfully, it's fairly doubtful that a six song EP would go down as the band's best work. Believers will flock, however, in noting that their next will propel from this very point, with more sonic possibilities to tender. As ripening opportunities and talents emerge for The Holy Ghost, each subsequent release should be their best yet.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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