Ghosting is the new full length LP by locals, Shocking White; a three-piece band that has been around since 2009 with a few releases under their belt, and if I’m honest, I never quite knew where or how to peg them. This new record, recorded in Tapetown studios with Rasmus Bredvig at the controls, is a heck of a lot easier to break down: fucking solid.
The album opens with lead-off single, “Into The Sun” (which we debuted the video for a few weeks back) and jabs you again with “Far From Bloom” – two reverb-laden, punk-ish letters of intent. Without too much investment already in the record, you can see clearer what Shocking White are going for; a victory in the ring.
Another early highlight is the title track, “Ghosting”, a two chord, two fingered dive into Melvins or early stoner-rock territory (without sounding too indebted to any one group). Noisy guitars ring out over fuzzy clunking bass and pounding drums – plenty of reverb and gain to make it crunchy and retro sounding, while also reminding you that this is a record made in 2017.
The album is sequenced very well, I think – it is paced well between slower tempo numbers (“Walk All Over You”, “Lanugo”) and the more up-beat (“Neon Light Advice”) but places a quartet of mid-tempo tracks towards the end which could almost serve to sober you up after the energy driven first half. There are strong vibes of post-punk, noise-rock and touches of stoner here. My biggest and possibly only critique is that you might be able to cut a track or two to make the record flow better – or be more concise while keeping the message strong and not staying around after dinner too long.
While there are no huge revelations on the record, it’s still a very stark and robust offering from a band many might not have heard of yet – and partly them finally finding their feet with a clutch of great songs – and also under the watchful guidance of a good producer who specializes in exactly this type of sound. What you got here is, successful communication put to tape. It’s extremely well performed – with heaps of energy and gusto, and Bredvig nails it with a complimentary aggressive production and studio sound.
Anyone involved with this record can be very proud today indeed.
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"While there are no huge revelations on the record, it’s still a very stark and robust offering from a band many might not have heard of yet – and partly them finally finding their feet with a clutch of great songs" (4.5/6)