Thursday 11 August 2016

No Ditching/Baby Ghosts - Split 7"


1. No Ditching - Emo
2. No Ditching - Dog Problem
3. Baby Ghosts - Return Of Bones (Part I and Part II)

I don't want to sound like I'm complaining but my life seems to be getting busier and busier of late. It's not all bad though, as last night I went to a local show in Harrogate to watch Martha and Kamikaze Girls for the first time. The gig was great, the vibe too and the venue that hosted it happens to be one of my favourite bars in Harrogate. That brings me onto the subjects of tonight's review. Both No Ditching and Baby Ghosts are punk bands and are from opposite sides of the Atlantic. No Ditching comes from Durham and funnily enough has connections to Martha. Baby Ghosts comes from Salt Lake City (US). This split 7" was released by UK label Drunken Sailor Records earlier this year.

No Ditching begins with a song called Emo and their sound is not as the title suggests. They play raw punk that’s easy on the ear. This would have gone down very well at Major Tom’s (venue for the aforementioned gig) last night. The guitars are high up in the mix and very danceable, while clean vocals draw you in. They employ greater use of dual-vocal melodies on Dog Problem, which is more off-kilter but still just as catchy and Emo. Baby Ghosts make perfect partners on their side. Return Of Bones (Part 1 & 2) is their only song but you can hear why both bands joined forces when listening to it. Baby Ghosts aren’t as urgent in delivery, though they still weave a memorable song. Their song-writing and musicianship highlights their experience too. The great thing about both bands is that they promote a different view than most punks bands now. They promote acceptance, diversity and generally getting along and being nice. The world needs more like them. This is great.

You can stream the split and buy it as a digital download or physical 7" below:-

No Ditching Facebook -
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Drunken Sailor Records Facebook -

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