A Shipwreck A Castaway – The Home Life

  • Bobby Gorman posted
  • Reviews

A Shipwreck A Castaway

The Home Life - Anchor Eighty Four Records

There are times when you go into an album completely blind. Unsure of what you’ll find within, you throw it on and hope for the best. A Shipwreck A Castaway’s The Home Life was one of those. Never hearing them before and unsure of who they sound like, I threw it in with a completely clean slate. After a few spins, my reaction to the album was “this is boring” – and it is.

Seven acoustic songs without a hook or pull, The Home Life is an insanely forgettable piece of plastic. It never really jumps out at you as painfully atrocious but it never leaves the background either. As a whole, it just seems to fall flat as nothing (neither the guitar work nor the vocals) is strong enough to make these songs stand by themselves. This isn’t a Dashboard Confessional album, no matter how hard they may be trying to be.   Instead they sound like a weak Starting Line knock off.

Four songs in they finally start to pick it up with Set Blasters, but when they bring in the layered vocals for the first chorus, it just sounds way too off. It goes even further downhill when they add in the percussions at the three minute mark and some oddly placed wanna be hardcore vocals in the background. Dear Anna brings A Shipwreck A Castaway back down to earth with similarities to some more recent bands but the line “love, love, love” is almost cringe worthy. Nevertheless, it still remains the strongest track on the album thanks to the more unique melody structure. But generally, The Home Life has nothing new or worth while to offer the listener.

As a first introduction to the band, The Home Life doesn’t do A Shipwreck A Castaway any favours. Based on this, I would write them off completely – and quite frankly, that’s too bad because despite my initial reactions, they aren’t an acoustic pop band. No, A Shipwreck A Castaway are actually one of those new pop-punk meets hardcore bands ala Set Your Goals or Wonder Years. I’ve heard a few songs from their Life In General Ep and it wasn’t too bad but it’s a completely different sound than this.

That leaves me with the thought that A Shipwreck A Castaway should leave the acoustic stuff behind them – because if this is the first introduction they give people, not many will be coming back for more.