Last Call For Sunset – Settling the Score EP
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: March 15, 2010
Last Call For Sunset are an acoustic based pop-punk duo from Baldswinville, New York. Settling the Score EP, their debut EP, was recorded at The Hollow recording studio in Syracause, NY. Each song on the EP is generally driven by singer Shane Rahrle and an acoustic guitar; however, some songs are certainly different and stand out immensely on the EP. “Three Simple Words” begins Settling the Score and is the most upbeat track on the EP. The influence of NeverShoutNever! is clearly evident throughout this track; however, this is the only track that is reminiscent of him. The track almost sounds like it would fit on NSN’s The Yippee EP just fine. Despite this, the influence doesn’t sound terrible on the song, with Rahrle sounding like a more mature version of Christofer Drew. Next track “You Had To Go” features Kayleigh Goldsworthy of The Scarlet Ending and is almost completely different from “Three”, for “You Had To Go” is much slower than the previous track. Though the lyrics on the track are rather cliché, Goldworthy’s vocals are easily the highlight of the song, complementing Rahrle’s voice wonderfully and making the track a sure standout.
Rahrle’s vocals on “Party Song” sound excellent. His vocals and the chanting of “whoa-oh-ohs” at the end of the track make it the catchiest song on the EP. The track features cello play by Rahrle, which compliments his vocals and the acoustic guitar phenomenally, while without doubt adding a new feel to their sound. “Another Chance” is hands down the best, most original track on the Settling the Score EP, featuring guitarist Dave Raschella’s voice first the first time so far. The track is paced by beautiful piano play and Raschella and Rahrle playing off each other’s vocals tremendously, showing that both are talented vocalists as well as musicians. “Another” features the best lyrics on the EP, and features even more cello play, making it the most poignant song on Settling.
“Brace Yourself for Impact, This One's Gonna Hurt” is another slow track about a girl, while final track “Twice Would Really Put a Man to Shame,” shows how great Rahrle’s vocals can be when just backed by a simple acoustic guitar. He sounds almost like The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus’ Ronnie Winter when he sings acoustically. Despite the somewhat cliché lyrics at times, overall, this EP is a great start for Last Call For Sunset. Due to its diversity, it could easily be placed at the top of this watered-down genre, staying afloat above other acts.
This album is absolutely incredible and brilliantly demonstrates their fantastic musicianship. They are both extremely talented and will go far. I will be doing their summer photography, and can attest for their general dedication to their music and their amusing live performance.