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Get Your Funeral Shoes EP
Clearly Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
This CD is jarringly catchy - it's gritty and unpolished, while still managing to be quite sticky. A twitching bassline underlies the punk-induced paranoia of "Ghettobird" while the chorus of "Sarah Needed" sounds like something channeled from The Beatles. The chords of "Seein' is Believin'" are sharp, hip and edgy while "Or Dead" builds off a kaleidoscopic, B-grade horror flick riff that's high and fast enough for a harpsichord. It grows on you pretty quickly, and you soon feel like singing along or dancing. Nonetheless, underneath the catchiness, which is underneath some distortion and dust, Get Your Funeral Shoes feels a little hollow. The EP fluctuates between dark paranoia ("Ghettobired", "What if We Never Change?") and jaded, uninspired dirges ("Sarah Needed", "Clarice and the Schoolboy"), never really settling in a pleasant middle ground, or a steady rhythm, for that matter.

The Holy Ghost's brand of catchy punk seems to be terribly in style right now, as epitomized by the success of acts like The Strokes. Add a tinge of Fugazi and Guided by Voices to that radio-ready throwback sound and you've got yourself The Holy Ghost. Their first two releases, Broken Record and Color Sympathy, were released to critical acclaim, and this EP should rev up their fans for a third full-length. Until then, I'd suggest newcomers to The Holy Ghost stick to their albums.

Reviewed by Josh Kazman
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