Nakatomi Plaza - Ghosts
Nakatomi Plaza have showed us something unfair about the ways of the world today - for everything the great music public hears, either on the radio or on the telly, there are fifty, a hundred, maybe two hundred bands underneath the radar, maybe even practicing a few streets away. And you'd never know - not for want of trying, but just because it's impossible to look far enough to find them all.
Having been making music together for a decade, 'Ghosts' is Nakatomi Plaza's final brash, punk let-out record. It's a free/pay-what-you-want download available from their website (the link is below) and they used the money to fund their last ever tour, sadly over now, and the Brooklyn threesome are no more. They have however, left us a final parting gift.
'Ghosts' showcases 10 years' experience of balance trial-and-error - energy, rawness, freshness and the kind of sound that punches through speakers rather than drifts through them. It'd probably be defined as 'post-harcore', which is a horrible term, but accurate nonetheless. It isn't self-deprecating or pitiful as some final albums are, especially planned ones - it's a get-up-and-get-out kind of record. There's always a distinct element to bands who have been playing together for so long, almost like telepathy. They understand each other.
The vocals slice like razor blades, the guitars are played as if the strings are red-hot and the layering is impeccable - evidence is especially prevalent on tracks like 'Song For Al'. It's a fun thing to listen to all the way through, shifting up and down gears, swelling and descending but 'Ghosts' also has a maturity to it that makes it both listenable and interesting. The favourite by far has to be 'Bomb Shelter', only two minutes long but two minutes very well spent.
So, RIP Nakatomi Plaza. May your legacy long continue, and I hope all of you are destined for bigger and better things. The link is below - you all have no excuse not to listen.
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