Ghosts and Vodka
Addicts and Drunks


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
June 5th, 2010 | 51 replies | 11,217 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Now THAT'S some Cap'n Jazz offspring I can get behind.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Ghosts and Vodka are one of the many off-shoots of Cap’n Jazz heritage, and I wonder to myself sometimes whether, with the insane number that already exist, music as we know it will simply evolve into a multitude of bands comprised of former members of Cap’n Jazz bands and their colleagues. I can think of worse things happening. Either way, I’ve always been astonished that Ghosts and Vodka fills the role of red-headed step-child in the Cap’n Jazz family tree. An instrumental rock band through and through, Ghosts and Vodka don’t quite fit comfortably under a genre label, but serve to occupy the gap between indie rock and post-rock, minus any pretension, plus oodles of fun.

Approaching Addicts and Drunks, Ghosts and Vodka’s 17-song discography, I couldn’t help but feel somewhat worried that with a general description of “accessible instrumental rock music with conventional song structure,” the compilation would fall on its face due to sheer monotony or mundanity. Rather, Addicts and Drunks blew away my hasty hypothesis, proving to be a diverse and incredibly dynamic listen. Guitarist Victor Villareal is beyond a doubt the most impressive factor on display, with his virtuosic playing rarely taking a breath to relax. Catchy guitar riffs define this record, and the summery feel bleeding out from Villareal’s guitar is arguably more charming than any other Cap’n Jazz by-product. The fast-paced and constantly-shifting guitar riffs exude a sort of shifting aesthetic, like the music is hard-pressed to find a comfort zone and would rather waddle to and fro. In its entirety, Addicts and Drunks flows extremely well due to this aspect, and more satisfying than that even, is anything but one-dimensional. Sadly, the filler tracks like “Andrea Loves Horses,” “Conversational All-Star,” and “Nicholas Prefers Dinosaurs” are glaringly obvious, but the carefree, riff-tastic awesomeness, for lack of a more perfect descriptor, surrounds and envelopes the duds, reminding you that Ghosts and Vodka is a creative force to be reckoned with.

On second thought, the instrumental rock songs can’t be defined as imposing. Mostly around 3-minutes long, Ghosts and Vodka employ an accessible song-structure to complement the catchy riffs and nonchalant atmosphere. Breathtaking harmonies and dueling guitars galore, Ghosts and Vodka prove that vocals aren’t essential to create catchy goodness more convincingly than any single band I can fathom. They singlehandedly combat the pretension of post-rock and the knack for conformity of indie rock, all the while pleasuring us with some ridiculous instrumental prowess. Now that’s some Cap’n Jazz spawn I can get behind.



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SeaAnemone
June 5th 2010



19979 Comments


little write-up on a saturday morning... only took me a few minutes so let me know if there's necessary edits...

PS if you're reading this you'd probably like this. and by probably I mean definitely

Digging: Natural Snow Buildings - The Night Country

robin
Emeritus
June 5th 2010



4248 Comments


i love this album. and perhaps i love the review too

Athom
Staff Reviewer
June 5th 2010



17204 Comments


I could have sworn somebody already wrote this up. oh well, cool beans Eric.

SeaAnemone
June 5th 2010



19979 Comments


thanks guys, and yeah adam, I don't know about that but it definitely needed one

Relinquished
June 5th 2010



24909 Comments


love this album. i don't really find the first track to be filler.

Dryden
June 5th 2010



12928 Comments


relinquished bro whats up? got so fuked up a few days ago and remebered bout our 420 day

Relinquished
June 5th 2010



24909 Comments


oh yeah man great day. found wi-fi on my way to juvie to pick bro up.

SeaAnemone
June 5th 2010



19979 Comments


thanks leotard-- fixed all of those

and idk relinquished, I guess so... but either way, "Sex Is Popular," "It's All About Right Then," "Is That A Person," among others are fucking awesome

Relinquished
June 5th 2010



24909 Comments


"Laser Guided By God" has the chillest intro ever

SeaAnemone
June 5th 2010



19979 Comments


tracks 2-6... that span is pretty flawless. i listen to it over and over and over and over and over


and over

SeaAnemone
June 5th 2010



19979 Comments


haha you and buttfucker, leotard... well either way I appreciate the help

Enotron
June 5th 2010



7695 Comments


smooth write-up. better check this out.

PuddlesPuddles
June 5th 2010



4772 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Was just about to review this ha

good job

SeaAnemone
June 5th 2010



19979 Comments


do it eno

and sorrrrrrry puddles : (

PuddlesPuddles
June 5th 2010



4772 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

no worries, this is better than what i wouldve done

Optimist
June 5th 2010



161 Comments


i'll definitely checks this out, sounds interesting. pos.

Optimist
June 5th 2010



161 Comments


check*

SeaAnemone
June 5th 2010



19979 Comments


cool! and yes, it really is... something a little different, but still really accessible. and puddles, I'm just glad it finally has a review from anyone, it was long past due

klap
Staff Reviewer
June 5th 2010



10310 Comments


one more to 100, excellent smithers

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Foxhound
June 5th 2010



4570 Comments


omg sea review pospsospsospsospssosspsosssssssss



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