Gates - The Sun Will Rise and Lead Me Home

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Emo, Indie, Post-Rock
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Gates
The Sun Will Rise and Lead Me Home
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Oh Lydia, where for art thou Lydia?

My neo-Shakespearean bravado may have run a bit short though, but for all intents and purposes, my heart is in the right place, I promise. However, there is no denying that the absence of Lydia left a hole the size of, uh well, a huge gaping crevice or a meteorite of some sort, within the ambient/indie/emo loving community out there. Basically, anyone who loved Copeland, and you know who you are, loved Lydia. I may be able to state that with full assurance, lest I put my foot in my mouth. All band members have moved on to new and exciting (for the most part) projects. Some have yet to see the light of day (I’m looking at you Leighton), and some have already been released (see my review of Mindy White’s new-ish project States’ Line ‘Em Up EP). Ex-Lydia guitarist, Ethan Koozer’s new assignment is with Gates, and their new EP The Sun Will Rise and Lead Me Home does well to incorporate some of the ambient elements that are vacant due to Lydia’s absence.

The optimistically driven EP is six songs of wonderfully invigorating emo-rock, mixed in with post-rock tendencies. Opener “A Vague Ambition” begins its trek with an Explosions in the Sky-esque melody; using delay-infused guitar-work to move and sway the track in a refreshing manner. At the first hint, the vocals are a bit off-putting, as Kevin Dye’s (vocals, guitar) voice is not immediately appealing. After repeated listens, however, it’ll become an accepted component of the music. Gates also have an innate ability to speed up the tempo, during “Walls”. Drummer Dan Crapanzano displays some brilliant use of the bass-to-snare drum while absorbing the constantly evading time signatures in between flawlessly. “In the Morning” begins slow, then abruptly shifts, and transitions again tirelessly. The bridge is a delightful Moving Mountains-style adaptation fusing post-hardcore heaviness with an idealistic post-rock instrumental take. Dye’s voice sounds at its absolute finest when it’s making more of an aggressive overtone, best displayed during the bridge as he shouts “You’ll always be the voice inside of me!”

The Sun Will Rise and Lead Me Home is a solid debut from a band with much hindsight involved in the rearview; most especially involved with Ethan Koozer, as his guitar-work is more actively displayed in this project (he played rhythm guitar in Lydia). With that in mind, don’t be surprised to hear more delightful guitar lines in the future with a full-length album on the horizon.

1. A Vague Ambition
2. Walls
3. Burned Us Alive
4. In the Morning
5. At the End of All Things
6. Sleepwalker
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