Thatâ€™s what Vince Grantâ€™s â€œMy Depression Is Always Trying To Kill Meâ€ EP is essentially all about.
With his admitted emotional issues as a springboard, Grant crafts a bunch of tunes that will remind some of REM, while others will think of classic U2. Either way you look at it, itâ€™s a handful of anthems that have surprising staying power.
It would be all to easy to dismiss Grantâ€™s tunes as somber, with his reflective voice and poetic lyrics, but deep down itâ€™s a five-song collection of redemption and recovery.
While thereâ€™s enough originally to give Grant some new fans, itâ€™s classic rockers thatâ€™ll be attracted the most to his sound. The beginning of â€œMelancholiaâ€ has a feel of Hootersâ€™ â€™80s classic â€œAnd We Danced,â€ but thanks to mellow guitar, it, like may of the songs on the EP, begins to slowly craft its own tone.
â€œOceans IIâ€ definitely has that REM or even a Crowded House feel, especially with Grant going with a higher range vocally. Although the song is more melodic, with the chorus the only real vocal presence, the depth of the sound, from siren-based guitars and awesome drum work, make it something you can definitely faze out to and get comfortably numb with.
Of all the songs on the EP, â€œEdge of the Worldâ€ is the one that feels the most original. A letter of sorts, Grant apologizes for his weaknesses and mistakes and thanks to a beautiful guitar solo and a hook that screams a vulnerability not found in many tracks, itâ€™s a winner.
With solid lyrics, moody, brooding and passionate guitar work and super solid drum work, Grant is able to use his weaknesses as a catalyst to fuel a deep and important EP that begs to be listened to.