Raw, real, innovative and inspirational. All of these words can be used to describe Cincinatti’s Seeing Ghosts. Their debut EP, Echoes boasts a different sound. Different, breathtaking and beautiful. It can all be chalked up to the fact that the band has a ton of different influences. Everyone from Bruno Mars to bands like Emarosa and Memphis May Fire are on their playlist and every bit of it shows. It’s only fitting that with those types of influences that Kris Crummett produced it, right? Echoes is only 4 tracks in length but nonetheless more impactful than most full-lengths I’ve heard in the genre over the past couple of years. Even more surprising is that they’re still rookies in the scene, only a few years old and just cutting their teeth by playing their local date of the All Stars Tour. Every facet of rock is explored in the near 15-minute length of this EP.
While it’s musically clear that they’re still new to the scene, they play it off with the best of them. Vocalist Chris Rogers has such a beautiful, soulful voice making for an intense listening experience. He even throws in a rap verse in the middle of “Poison” that takes you completely by surprise. From the opening track “On My Way,” a catchy track with a strong pop flavor in the arrangement to the final electronic-infused onslaught that is “Sometimes,” there’s no shortage of surprises in this band’s arsenal. Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, they hit you with a left hook, forcing you to sit back and really take a listen. The lyrics focus on real situations and seek to inspire, give hope and comfort the listeners. They want you to come out of this feeling like you can take on the world, rather than being in a dark place.
4 tracks in and they’ve already made their mark on this reviewer. Echoes will be released August 25th and is an EP that should not be missed. Be sure to check out “Sometimes” and pick up your copy of Echoes on August 25th!