We’re All Ghosts – We’re All Ghosts ep – 79%

Self Titled cover art

We’re all ghosts is a 4-piece post-rock band from Baltimore, Maryland who released this self titled debut EP through bandcamp in August. Beyond that, they are a relatively unknown band even to Postrockstar, with only around 125 likes on Facebook and a bandcamp page as their only real web presence. After snooping around, I learned that the band just began playing shows back in July, so they’re a fairly young band.

The 5 track, 26 minute EP kicks off with “It Doesn’t Die”, a gloomy track that slowly builds upon itself in familiar post-rock fashion. Ambient synths and clean guitar slowly works its way up spiraling guitars laden with excessive amounts of feedback constantly increasing in pace and tempo while cymbals flood the mix.  “Houses” brings the sound levels back down with a really chill vibe. spiraling guitars of the crescendo variety swirl in the background while a thick distortion layer covers the front. From here the album transitions to “Bless Them Back in”, a short but sweet relaxed track that is moody and a little on the experimental side with its tones and short harmonies.

“People Eating People” is the band’s longest track at nearly 7 minutes and is the most focused and mature track on the album. Strong distortion guitarwork clogs the sound stage as drumming gets increasingly faster and more intense. When the track peaks it slows down immensely, only to rise with clean guitars and the overwhelming presence of brilliant sounding synths that sound far more full and of much higher quality than the rest of the instruments. The album closes with “Dead is Dead” which sounds like the band’s best attempt at recreating their own version of Russian Circle’s “Death Rides a Horse”. The similarity between the two tracks is downright eerie and I’m not sure if it was by intention of design or purely coincidence. The only real noticeable difference is that the valleys in “Dead is Dead” are more ambient and nowhere near as technical.

The mixing throughout the album has a real low-fi feel to it and while I’m sure that it probably wasn’t an intended effect, it’s still nice. The album is badly in need of proper mixing and sound engineering and even though it’s understandable that these types of self-funded releases can’t afford all the bells and whistles that the bigger name post-rock groups can, it’s still disappointing to not be able to fully enjoy the band because of things like improper equalization and questionable mixing (the drums and cymbals are always far too loud.) . That being said, it’s tough to argue with a free EP of a young band who should only get better with time. 10/2/12

Free on bandcamp: http://wereallghosts1.bandcamp.com/