Greeley Estates - Far From the Lies
Record Label: Science Records
Release Date: June 6, 2006
Greeley Estates are one of the many post-hardcore acts hailing from Arizona. Far From The Lies is their 2006 effort, and their third release overall. Their style is very reminiscent of The Used and My Chemical Romance's early work, and lead vocalist Ryan Zimmerman sounds a lot like Bert McCracken (The Used).
Let me tell you this right off the bat: Greeley Estates aren't out there making music to create an entirely new style or change any genres. Far From The Lies is very similar to The Used's debut, along with other early 2000s post-hardcore acts. They utilize the rough singing style, the occasional screaming, and fast guitar riffs. "The End Of All We Know" opens up the album with a slow guitar riff and then explodes into Ryan Zimmerman screaming. This is one of the heavier tracks on the album, while the next song "Too Much CSI" is one of the slower songs. "Nothing Good Happens After Dark" starts with some acoustic guitar work, and then erupts into fast guitars and harsh screaming. The rough sing/scream style that Greeley Estates uses is not much different from many other bands, at any time the singer could go from out-of-tune singing to throaty screaming.
One of the best songs on the album is "Secret," which is all acoustic and shows that Zimmerman can actually sing pretty well. Now, don't expect too much from the lyrics on this album. They're no different from what you've seen a million times before. Very basic writing such as "And I'll keep my word, I made a promise to you / For what it's worth, I've always stood by your side," shows they aren't much different from their competitors in that category. The lyrics are, however, not all about violence and suicide like many of their post-hardcore brethren. They can in fact sing about something else than cliche break-ups.
As I said in the beginning, Greeley Estates aren't out there making music to change everything. They aren't out there to impact people emotionally with their beautiful lyrics and heartfelt emotion. They aren't going to mesmerize everybody with insane guitar solos and vocal acrobatics. They're just playing the music they love, and doing it pretty damn well.