The Left Ready – Ghost
Rock fans rejoice, the art form is clearly alive and well in 2015! Rock has received a monstrous reincarnation in recent years, what with bands like Mastodon, The Sword, Wolfmother, Rival Sons, Silversun Pickups, The Black Keys and more dominating the Billboard Charts equally alongside all of the pop singles. It seems with the world struggling to maintain its grip on reality; real rock is needed more than ever. Hellbent on intently spearheading this return is Montana’s The Left Ready. They have a unleashed five track bomber with their Ghost EP that takes rock n’ roll back to its primordial ooze…the blues. If anyone tells you that rock music has nothing to do with the blues, it’s obvious that they don’t have any idea of what they’re talking about.
The Left Ready understands this concept. Not content to be hip or trendy the band distills rock music down to a series of dirty guitar licks, stripped down rhythmic grooves, vocals that reach for the skies and agile keyboard melodies. Everything about the band leaps at you, a prime example of which is the intro song “In like a Lion” that lays back for sweeping harmonic flourishes before launching itself into squealing guitar leads and the swimming low-end groove of bassist Chris Krager’s fluid runs. It’s with this track the band practically defines the rest of the songs.
“I Am a Ghost” broods sullenly in its quiet early going before descending into a thick, tarry wall of riffs and bends that rarely let up on the gas. Before the album settles into a mid-tempo sameness the rallying drum fills and searing saddle ride riffs of “Will to Survive” raises the stakes in this Wild West card game. An act that is followed with aplomb by the hurdy gurdy electric slam of “Hell in a Handbasket” while “Out Like a Lamb” places a ballad right where the EP needs it most. Here all of the religious rock n’ roll worships erodes away into something so sweet and charming it practically demands that you raise a lighter in the air in its honor. There literally isn’t a bum moment in any one of these songs and the only thing going against it is that you want a lot more when it’s over.
Ghost is the work of a band ready to strike at large. I think you’re going to be hearing a lot about The Left Ready in the future. This band is primed for the big time. With rock is making a comeback there is no reason that this band shouldn’t be able to steal some of the limelight. If no frills, shooting from the hip rock n’ roll is your forte, you’re going to love this.
8 out of 10 stars