If you are seeking a punk rock session full of angst, unrelenting grunge and an onslaught of guitar, the Lovesick Saints will undoubtedly satisfy your musical palate. Their EP, Dia De Los Muertos, hearkens to many rocks bands that have come before them in the punk lane such as Bad Religion and Social Distortion.
The title track begins the project. A solid opener, it is reflective and introspective at the same time. Vocalist Tom Holliday keeps the attention of the listener on the track, "One Foot In The Grave" expressing the chorus with extreme fervor. There are times, however, when it becomes a bit overwhelming.
"War Story," the captivating song on Dia De Los Muertos begins with a bagpipe and tells a fascinating story. It is obvious that Holliday feels comfortable in the midst of this sonic quality. His voice feels relaxed, never missing a beat and always ensuring the lyrics come off as effectual as possible as the tale unfolds. "Empty" closes the EP and is morose in tone. The lyrics portray imagery of how it feels to be sad and joyless - stuck in a rut - and what can be done to get out of it.
Lovesick Saints are natives of Chandler, Arizona and formed in 2007. With an extensive knowledge of punk rock, the band includes Tom Holliday on guitars and vocals, bassist Jarrod Olson and Christian Howell on drums and backing vocals. Dia De Los Muertos provides a peek into the band's original sound and prominently displayed resourcefulness in moving through the ups and downs of life.
Final Grade: A-
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