My Ticket Home is shaking up music and going against the grain, by defiantly throwing out the traditionally used and sometimes seemingly arbitrarily assigned genre tag. People will continue to stuff you into whatever box suites their perspective anyhow. Columbus, Ohio natives lend their concept “Puke Rock” to the world with their third full length album, unReal, their first through Spinefarm Records, released October 6th. The band formerly released under Rise Records. unReal was recorded and produced in Texas by Fred Archambault (responsible for such powerhouses as Atreyu and Avenged Sevenfold), and the quartet’s vision for their own style of music finally came to life.
The album kicks off with “Thrush,” setting the stage for unReal and beginning the Deftone’s musical influence heard throughout on tracks like “Flypaper,” “Hyperreal,” and “Down Life.” But, unReal is far from one note, influentially speaking. Bands like Filter or Thrice (new stuff) and even Jonathan Davis (Korn) came to mind at different points while listening. Tracks like “Flee the Flesh” and “Cellophane” have a harder edge while still retaining the melodic vocals of Nick Giumenti. The song “Time Kills Everything” shows off the hypnotic quality of Nick’s vocal stylings, especially when mixed to overlap. Despite the gritty and dark guitar lead in “Joi,” it takes the cleanest approach vocally to the entire album. “Joi” becomes the catchy, semi-ballad without going pop.
If I could place any song from unReal into this article for everyone to listen to, it would most certainly be “Melancholia” with its rich opening chords, passionate lyrics and perfectly timed highs and lows. Post grunge, alt rock, post hardcore, nu-metal, metalcore…whatever My Ticket Home and unReal become to you. Remember it as the start of the Puke Rock movement.
Nick Giumenti: Bass/Lead Vocals, Derek Blevins: Rhythm Guitar, Marshal Guimenti: Drums, Matt Gallucci: Lead Guitar