Ferguson - A House Divided EP
Record Label: Independent
Release Date: November 2008
Every once in a while an unknown band will knock you off of your rocker. With melodies piercing your musical soul into oblivion, sharp as a tack, reminding you that even bands that are not known in the public scene can be just as, if not more, talented than those in the realm of popular music. I came across this EP basically by accident, and what a beautiful accident it was.
Ferguson is a four-piece indie outfit, with pop/rock tendencies in the same vein as Copeland, Umbrellas, and Death Cab for Cutie. They’re melodic bravado is personified on their six-song EP A House Divided, released independently in November 2008. The EP kicks off with a short “Introduction,” which foreshadows the following track, “After All These Years,” never missing a beat and never losing count on the old metronome. During the first time listening, I had to look back on my iPod to make sure that I was listening to a different song. Vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Andrew Camp provides a light alto, barely adventuring outside of this range throughout the EP. His lush quiet vocals encapsulate a more relaxed, and less emotional style.
Aaron Condon (drums) and Andrew Frank (bass) guide the rhythm of the tracks brilliantly, never fluctuating out of their control. James Layne (guitar) provides some lavish licks that are definitely not in vain, but stay within Ferguson’s and the listener’s comfort zone. Lyrically, Camp is solid, using personal tales of revelation in order to give an additional element to the music. This is most prevalent in the track “Find a Way, Find the Time,” in which he sings “It’s easy to be loving in a world that’s all alone.” The EP closes with the song “No Name #7,” a beautiful acoustic track with a layer of ambient keys and light drumming. I hope that this band will gain some much deserved recognition with a full-length LP, but this EP serves as an introduction of what’s to come.