THAT SHIP’S SAILED-TRAPPED IN THE MIDDLE
One of the things I enjoy about been an educator is the growth of my students. It has always been a joy to watch a child from day one until whenever they are no longer in my care. Some of them can start out very rough and by the time they leave they have grown into a leader or one that is trusted a little more. This is the same mindset I take with music. I always have. More so with locals. That Ship’s Sailed has become one of those bands. The first few times I saw them I was not that impressed with them. One them, however, was not their fault. The venue and sound guy were horrible. But at any rate, not much stood out about them. They were just another group of guys playing music. Then all that begin to change. Their live shows started getting better and better with every show. What really got me was/is their drive. This is a band that wants to be better, they want to succeed and they are very supportive of the music scene in Columbus and not just one scene, they support them all. With the release of Trapped in the Middle, they are well on their way to making a name for themselves here in Columbus and abroad.
The EP begins with “Trapped in the Middle”, which also happens to be the title track. Right away you are thrust into a sonic boom of sound that is sure to please your ear holes. One of the biggest aspects about That Ship’s Sailed are the lyrics. I was able to chat with guitarist Mike Colletti a few weeks ago and the subject of lyrics came up and he filled me in on the inspiration for most of the lyrics and let me tell you these guys are on to something unique. At the same time, they are still very relatable. And I think that’s one of the things that finally won me over. I was able to listen to the lyrics and I discovered these were subject matters that I could relate to. “Trapped in the Middle” is hands down one of those that we all can be able to identify with. I also like it because it can have a few different scenarios. I may have to check with Mike on this one. Next up we have “Playing with Fire”, which starts off with a drum roll before the guitars kick in. This very well might be my favorite song on the EP, not just for the lyrics but it grooves. I constantly catch myself grooving to this song, especially when the chorus kicks in. It’s one of those songs you can put one, close your eyes and just let the music move you. I love it. Let’s go back to the drums for a second. The drums in this song are intense and serve as the backbone, as they should. The use of double bass at points in the song adds more fire. “Close Your Eyes” is another track that I just groove to. I put it on and I just get lost. I love music that can do that. I think part of it here are the vocals of Andrew Sarratt. He has such a smooth relaxing voice. At times I get a Chino type vibe from him. The last song, “Reflections” is another favorite. It features guest vocals from David Butler, vocalist of Heroes Like Villains. However it’s not his sultry vocals, it’s his rough vocals. Earlier when I was talking about the lyrics on this release, it was this song that started that conversation. I’m not going to go into what the song is about or the inspiration but I will say its genius. After talking to Mike about this song I look forward to what is coming in the future from these guys.
Overall this is one the finest releases I have heard this year. This is a band that knows what they what to achieve and they very well may. This EP is just the start of what’s to come for them. If they can stick to what worked here and add a few things here and there, there is no doubt in my mind this is a band that will be around for years to come. Oh and if you haven’t seen them live, you are missing out. GO SEE THEM!!!!!!!