Quick and the Dead - Going Home
Record Label: Indie Vision Music
Release Date: October 9, 2007
With a band name like the Quick and the Dead, you would think that these guys are: 1) huge fans of Clint Eastwood films and 2) a group of country western cowboys from the Plains region of America. Actually, Quick and the Dead are from Pleasanton, California and they play a mixture of post-hardcore, pop punk, and melodic rock with a Christian tone in the lyrics that may remind you of Jars of Clay. The band has a lot more in common with the music of Fall Out Boy and Thrice than they do with the music in Clint Eastwood films. They even jettison pop metal chords in a few tracks that strike a match to AFI’s blusters. The band is far from sounding like a country western outfit like their name would suggest if you go by pop culture images, but they certainly do produce swells of massively symphonic thresholds that corridor into sonic maelstroms and metallic vortexes on their latest release Going Home.
Produced and mixed by the band’s guitarist Shane Gould, who additionally wrote all of the songs, Going Home hits ultra sound frequencies on tracks like “The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side” and “White” which harbor scowling chord crunches and marches of bellowing drum rotations from Shane’s brother Kerry Gould. The bass clamps of Nick Puccini soak right into the rhythm section and the lead vocals of Braydon Nelson seesaw in the direction of the melodic movements, ducking in the lows and soaring high on the crests with the agility of a skateboarder. The first number has a soft rock tempo with fluid synth substances silhouetting Nelson’s vocals. It’s the kind of tune you will need your lighter for at their concert; it has a moonlight rock ambience.
The band pulls the pop punk metal out on tracks like “This is Not Real” and “Nothing Changes.” Their pop punk lifts have carburetors emblematic of Fall Out Boy, most noticeable on “We Take Advantage” and “Integrity” which has a set of gang vocals that includes Shane, Kerry, Nick, and Kyle Tredway. The post hardcore flint used in “Shipwreck” really makes this track jump out at you. The dramatic lines and virile metallics have a visceral connection to The Receiving End of Sirens that makes it a primo piece. When the band is not over powering their chords with pop punk and post-hardcore bullets, they are investing in milder frequencies like softcore and melodic rock shells, and I dare to say heart-shaped vocals by Nelson which frame “Will I Follow.” These reduced rates of modern rock symphonies wheedle the melodic lines of “Holding on a Dream” and “A Reason to Believe” which has a nice radiant glow to it.
The track “He is Always There” has an anthem rock aura that brings everyone in an auditorium together, singing to the lyrics with one voice while chanting, “If we are firm in him then we can’t fail anytime / No matter how hard we try he’s always by our side / When we think he has disappeared he is always there / You should know by now that our love is pure / And if we work real hard then we will persevere.” It’s a tune that resonates deeply in a congregational setting.
Going Home is Quick and the Dead’s fourth full length album. The band formed in 2003 and has to their credit making an appearance at the 2006 Vans Warped Tour. In a recent press release, Kerry Gould explains, “The album is the exact style we have been driving towards since the beginning. We have finally found what we want in an album.” The band invites fans to check out their music on their Myspace page and decide for themselves.