Exit Ghost - How to Draw a Walrus
Record Label: None
Release Date: May 16, 2008
A Post-Hardcore/Experimental-influenced band from Hebron, Connecticut.
How is it?
Ok, to start off, I need to clarify something. This EP has nothing to do with a walrus. That doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a listen though. It starts off with sounds that you would hear in a bomb shelter back in World War II, then the guitarist enters with a fast riff to get things started. Vocalist Ian Bates then brings it down with a soothing melody. You'll hear plenty more of this through out How To Draw A Walrus, although his voice can become very dull throughout the EP. The title track showcases a wonderful mix of the musicianship of Exit Ghost and Bates' well-crafted lyrics. In fact, he does a very good job with the lyrics through out How To Draw A Walrus. The acoustic track, "Orestes," is the most outstanding track on the EP. "When You Run Out Of Things To Burn...," is a slow track and has an ambient feeling that is reminiscent of Thrice. The last track on How To Draw A Walrus, "Queen of the Sea," is fast and is well-constructed.
Exit Ghost has excellent musicianship and I think it would sound better if the production on How To Draw A Walrus was better. But what can you expect from an unsigned band? How To Draw A Walrus is a decent start for Exit Ghost, but they have a long way to go.