2. Beating Faster
3. Falling Back
4. No Time For Fears
5. Lost Within
6. Spirit or a Ghost
Republic of Letters is a young and talented band hailing from San Diego, CA. San Diego has a tradition of bringing us great rock bands, and they don’t stop now. Because Republic of Letters has a great sound and is dedicated. And you can hear this in their debut “Spirit or a Ghost”.
The opening track, Bridge, sounds like Saybia or Snow Patrol at their best. With fire. Chris Venti’s passionate vocals and excellently balanced instrumentals, Bridges immediately shows the talent and musicality that is in this band.
The next track has a bit more of a mainstream rock feel to it. More or less like Lifehouse or Goo Goo Dolls. Brought with enthusiasm these young musicians pour their hearts out on another very strong song. Beating Faster would be an excellent choice to open a live set with.
As we listen on we hear Falling Back. Instantly, when I heard this I thought, if this were on mainstream radio it would be very high up the charts. Mix Snow Patrol, OneRepublic, Air Traffic, Keane, Switchfoot and top it off with a whole lot of Republic of Letters, and you’ve got a clear cut hit single. Great song.
Republic of Letters shows a little more of their alternative side on No Time For Fears. With a nice beat and slightly haunting vocals they create an atmosphere that builds up to a climax and suits this song perfectly. I hear a little Elbow in it maybe, and maybe a little suspense-building a la Keane, but it pretty much stands on its own and it’s better than most of the things you hear these days.
Lost Within is a great song. I get a little R.E.M. vibe of it. I really enjoy it.
The album closes with the title track Spirit or a Ghost. It start with marching band like drums and a nice little guitar loop. Then Chris’ powerful vocals take over. This song is a great end to a great debut EP.
Republic of Letters mark their territory with this inspiring debut EP. Playing a genre of music that’s hot (somewhere in between Snow Patrol, Switchfoot & R.E.M.), while bringing something new and refreshing. They know their strength and they have every intention of sharing their talent and musicality with the rest of the world. With passionate and well-written songs, these guys are looking forward to a long and successful career. The only downside to this EP is that it has only 6 songs. But with this talent it’s only a matter of time until we hear more.