Guess which category Where Is My Spaceship fell into?
Where Is My Spaceship is the musical project of Josh Evensen, a musician from northern New Jersey. His website biography claims his first EP, released in 2007, was a Johnny Cash-influenced folk record that he’s sorry for, but I am not convinced that he’s really sorry. Though his cover of the Misfits’ Last Caress does go a long way in making amends.
Josh calls his music ‘shouty indie rock’ and that’s actually a really good description. Most of the songs are stripped down, slower-paced tracks with sharp guitar work, a thrumming bass line, and pounding drums, simple and clean. There’s the occasional trumpet for emphasis. Other songs are faster, punky rock tunes with an underlying hint of the ghosts of angry folk musicians.
The music is excellent, but it’s the foundation of the amazing lyricism on the album. There’s a thread of humor that runs through most of the songs, wry and sarcastic, yet overall, the album doesn’t succumb to cynicism and bitterness. Josh says “it’s the same sort of sad sack songs” but I find that I can’t agree; there’s a wistful hope that shines through most of the songs. It’s absolutely fresh and charming.
His vocal styles, which range from a low-pitched smoothness to emotional shouting to an almost spoken-word vibe, works well with the material, adding a honest rawness to the lyrics and complementing the music perfectly. There are songs about love and heartbreak, and about getting drunk, and about a girl working at a butcher’s shop.
And there’s Lemon Heart, which is put together like a 60’s high school prom slow-dance love song, but seems to be about Satan. Or maybe about falling in love, or possibly both:
If anybody’s listening
Maybe draw a pentagram
It doesn’t have to be in blood
But I’ve heard it helps
Or Red Shirt, which won over my geeky little heart with this:
You deserve a Superman
I’m just a guy in a red shirt
I honestly was totally stunned by this album, there wasn’t a single song that I didn’t love. A great collection of songs, music and words twining together perfectly.
Standout tracks: Red Shirt, Lemon Heart, Anything
10 tracks, 32:29
February 21, 2015
Where Is My Spaceship is mostly Josh Evensen, with backup from Joe Evensen (drums) and DP Leal (bass) when he plays live.
by cardiac_in_overdrive (@cardiac_ovrdrv)