Garrison is the type of band that can actually repeat the same 4 words over and over and make it into a three-minute long song â€“ and have it work. While the guitar lines are relatively straight-forward and uninspired, the vocals by Joseph Grillo are clean and soothing on the eardrums. Josephâ€™s method of vocal delivery is along the lines of early-nineties Soul Asylum (think Canâ€™t Even Tell, off the Clerks soundtrack) and the All-American Rejects. Fortunately, Garrison is another band that is fronting the dual-harmony movement in alternative music, really using two vocalists to their advantage, in â€œEverything You Wantâ€. â€œWe Know Our Demographicâ€ has Offspring-style guitars, and it details the story of a movie/television director from two different viewpoints. Knowing their demographic, the director keeps â€œthe kickback comingâ€, keeps â€œthe camera runningâ€, while everyone else is praying for a way out, â€œpraying for your suicideâ€.
Rapidly moving from poppy-punk styled music to experimental rock, Garrison is not the type of band that wishes to pigeonhole itself for the entirety of their career. â€œThe Closerâ€ is fed by the distortion of the lead guitars, swirling ever more out of control. Much more harder than the tracks that lead up to it, â€œThe Closerâ€ provides the ultimate evidence for the malleability of the act. The only negative thing that I could possibly say about Garrison is that their most-approachable song, â€œEverything You Wantâ€, can only be one of two possible things. Perhaps it is one of many directions that Garrison wishes to go with their music, or it is simply a track to possibly throw on the radio. The only reason that I even mention it is the fact that it is in such stark contrast to the rest of the disc.
Regardless of method or mode, Garrison makes a disc that has high replay value. Nothing is rehashed time and time again on this disc, and each track has Garrison approach the lyrics and music in a different way. Garrison, in their The Silhouette CDep, makes clear each and every band that has ever had an influence on them, most damnedly during â€œGod is Not On Our Sideâ€ with the backing â€œOn and Onâ€ â€“ a blatant nod to Nirvana.
Top Tracks : Everything You Want, The Closer
Garrison â€“ The Silhouette EP / 5 Tracks / 2003 Revelation Records / http://www.garrison-kills.com / http://www.revelationrecords.com / Reviewed 28 July 2003 / Released 22 July 2003