Greeley Estates – Go West Young Man, Let the Evil Go East

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Greeley Estates

Go West Young Man, Let the Evil Go East - Science Records

There are, conservatively, at least hundreds of bands with a sound similar to Greeley Estates. Comfortably settled under the rather large umbrella term “post-hardcore”, Greeley Estates meshes not-quite-screamo poetry in the vein of Brand New with fast-paced guitar chug-chug-chugging a bit harder than (but not unlike) The Used. Toss in some rough (and occasionally sloppy… sorry gents) metal-inspired guitar riffs and voila! You have Greeley Estates!

Probably most well-known for being one of the quintessential tour bands for the past few years (Warped Tour and Taste of Chaos frequenters) and just barely surviving the unfortunate profusion of “only temporary” bassists, Greeley Estates has definitely made a name for themselves not their tenacity as a band. The frustration and hardship seems to be quite the motivating force, however, especially evident inGo West Young Man, Let the Evil Go East. Shortly after the release of the album it won the distinction of being listed in Billboard’s 2008 Heatseekers. True to form, the lyrical content of the album is very good, if at times a bit predictable, but it is the consistent breakneck speed and rhythm that at once grabs you by the guts and doesn’t let go until you’re left sweating and stumbling from the pit. Good for everything from deep philosophical contemplations to fevered wrecking moves, Go West Young Man, Let the Evil Go East brings a lot to the table in some respects, but falls short of making any profound or superbly original affirmations.

The best track on the album (in my opinion) is “If I Could Be Frank, You’re Ugly”—mostly because of the opening guitar crescendo that hooks you within the first few bars and builds on the energy that is already evident in previous tracks. The last song, “Blue Morning”, also happens to be the last single released from this album, and while it is a mediocre song, it is not an accurate gauge of the talent of the band as a whole. Granted, it is hard to find a sense of cohesive harmony in a band that recycles bass players faster than guitar picks, but if anything, Greeley Estates could benefit more from a little technical variation to avoid falling into a rut that it appears they have just started to trench out.

Overall, Go West Young Man, Let the Evil Go East is a good album. It’s not the best post-hardcore record out there, but there is enough potential and musical aptitude that would lead me to look forward to the subsequent work that Greeley Estates puts out.