This was the first thing to be released in the Greencastle music scene, to be played on the NeuFutur radio show, and this was a very rough recording to say the least. While the emotive lyrics of Trevorâ€™s can be heard throughout the disc, the simple fact was that everything forms and congeals into one loud mess, consisting of the rhythm guitar, bass, and drum set. â€œSave Meâ€, the discsâ€™ one original, fits in perfectly with the other covers in the sense that it has the same feel as the other songs chosen to represent the band. Using the extremely listenable, cough-syrup sweet vocals of Trevor to contend with the soulful shrieks of Zach, â€œSave Meâ€ builds tension in the stanzas while using the chorus as a pressure valve. In â€œSave Meâ€, we lose sight of Zach as a set of vocals and have to put eir back into context as another instrument, one that has itsâ€™ key function as creating a bi-polar sound, two narratives to the same set of events. The rational and the animal self are represented on the disc, to make a better generalization.
In the second Brand New cover to grace this CD, â€œSeventy Times Sevenâ€ is a faithful representation of the original, with Willâ€™s drum rolls, Zachâ€™s bass solo and the call and response between Trevor and the rest of the band being the high spots of this cover. â€œMy Only Cureâ€, a Recover cover, seems to be the only shaky ground that the band operates on during this CD, with some minor issues surrounding the lead vocals, specifically the fact that Trevor struggles trying to get to the high register necessary to start off each of the chorus. With Taking Back Sundayâ€™s greatest hit, â€œCute Without the E (Cut from the Team), the band eviscerates the emotive force inherent in each instrument during the track, further shifting Trevorâ€™s vocals into an almost flippant realm, even closer to what Adam seems to have intended with lyrics like â€œDon’t bother trying to explain Angel / I know exactly what goes on when you’re on and How about I’m outside of your window.â€
Moving onto a cover of Christian wunderkinds Thousand Foot Krutch, â€œSet It Offâ€ is another highway song, one that lends itself well to the sing-a-long projection of Trevorâ€™s voice. The pop-punk type of guitar solo during this track is the one further jump by the band that shows me that they are not just a one-trick pony. As a sort of secret track, an acoustic â€œCute Without the Eâ€ is left at the end of the CD, but it wonâ€™t be discussed due to the soloist tendencies of the track. Overall, the CD is a decent view inside The Good Lifeâ€™s minds, and while the recording is rough, the future seems bright for the band, considering â€œSave Meâ€. If they plan to become famous, however, they need to get into their zone and create that one tight, catchy, slightly-punky-yet-emotional type of track, one that individuals can sing along to the entire time, one like â€œSic Transit Gloriaâ€ or even the oft-mentioned â€œCute Without the Eâ€.
Top Tracks : Save Me, My Only Cure
TGL â€“ Self/Titled EP
The Good Life â€“ Self/Titled EP / 2003 Self-Released / 7 Tracks / No Website / firstname.lastname@example.org / Reviewed 02 January 2004