Vince Grant says, “Drugs, alcohol, depression, they took me out,” but the singer/songwriter is decidedly back “in” after a successful recovery with this new, five-song EP,Â My Depression Is Always Trying to Kill Me.
The almost holy â€œMelancholiaâ€ opens, setting us off on Grantâ€™s distinct worldview and honest voice. Drummer Keith Larsen is especially effective with his tom work here in a song about some things leaving, but something pretty much always remaining. Itâ€™s a haunting, solid opener.Â â€œEdge of the Worldâ€ has Grantâ€™s flat, thick, acoustic set against some sweet, way-back-in-the-mix, single-note keys and Doug Greanâ€™s electric picking. Then, all opens subtly into what I feel is the most restrained production hereÂ withÂ a great layering of sonic touches. Grant truly does sound sorry here as he barely croaks out the lyrics.Â â€œHow Many Times Youâ€ has great, over-driven electric guitar and boppy bass from Grean while Grant cuts his lyrics in little snippets echoey, around the big roiling atmosphere. Thereâ€™s a good, singable chorus here in an early U2-like vibe from Greanâ€™s distinctive noodling. I especially like how Grantâ€™s acoustic sneaks in on the secondÂ verse.Â â€œSweet Addictionâ€ is pretty much the big band locking in tight with Grant in what might be his second best vocal here. I like how the band opens into true flangy territory around him, tickles with sounds high and strong on this last song of the EP.