What's Eating Gilbert - The Nashville Session
Record Label: Paper + Plastick
Release Date: June 19, 2012
In what seems to be a precursor or warmup for the near future, What’s Eating Gilbert, the side project of New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert, has unleashed upon us The Nashville Session – the most recent two-track taste of his concoction of yesteryear pop that has a very modern angle to it. In short, Gilbert’s songwriting shines bright on this rather nostalgic, yet fun take on classic vibes and production – making it hard not to ask for more.
The two tracks of The Nashville Session embody a clean, upbeat vibe of diner-styled pop, best described as if it came straight out of the movie Grease. “Babe” has a one-two punch of a strong backbeat and instantly memorable melodies, yet lyrically sounds like it could exist some sixty years ago though it includes loose references to modern life troubles. “Lonely Road” does a very similar task but with a slower tempo and very complimentary instrumentation of mallet percussion and much more present backing vocals. At this point in Gilbert’s solo work, this sound isn’t out of the question for him, but it still feels very natural to listen to anything New Found Glory has done and then jump into one of these tracks.
What makes the throwback sound of The Nashville Session great is that Gilbert does it well enough without trying to make some sort of twist on it or cheapen it in any way. And in that aspect, this is something worth listening to on a summer drive or if you’re feeling particularly nostalgic. Gilbert more than prepares us for the upcoming EP from this project, keeping it real while continuing his solo work in quite impressive form.