Ghostfeeder Releases New EP, Hard Times for Dreamers

          "I'm gonna make sure you'll get sick of me" seems like an odd declaration for the front man of any up-and-coming band to make. But in the case of Derek Walborn, vocalist and songwriter for Rochester electro-rock band, Ghostfeeder, one should expect the unexpected. Take the band's latest EP, Hard Times for Dreamers as an example. Rather than releasing the physical version on a common format like CD or vinyl, the band instead chose to make Hard Times for Dreamers available on a laser-engraved 1GB USB drive that also contains enough bonus material for the most famished of phantasms to feast on. That is indeed the future of music, fittingly brought to you by a band that claims to come from the "dystopian future."
       The first of the new tracks that appears on Ghostfeeder's ReverbNation page is "Get Sick of Me." A heavy guitar hook in the early seconds of the song does plenty to reel in an alternative ear, but it's the surprise synth line that makes the track downright infectious. In the first verse, Walborn parodies the current state of music as he sings, "No shame in my lack of originality, mediocrity is my specialty." The catchy chorus then comes in with, "It's just a matter of time, you'll see, I'm gonna make sure you'll get sick of me." Walborn's interesting intent of creating an eventually-irritating earworm is made quite clear by the end of the track as he repeats, "Hey! Come on! Get sick of me!" several times.
         Title track, "Hard Times for Dreamers" opens with a showcasing of Walborn's lifelong affinity for 8 and 16 bit video game music cited in Ghostfeeder's ReverbNation bio section. Though the soundscape here hosts a clearer, more sinister sound than the crunchy charm commonly found in Nintendo games, the influence is still apparent. A pulsating beat then joins the mix, followed by a trenchant guitar riff that forces the digital happenings to become a backdrop. When the high-octane chorus kicks in with, "Gotta kick the habit, gotta let it go, these are hard times for dreamers, I know," the result is a track that manages to evenly highlight all of the essential elements that comprise Ghostfeeder.
         Though it is the group's third official release, Hard Times for Dreamers could serve as an effectively telling introduction to Ghostfeeder for any first-time listener. All of the founding fixtures of the band are present, and each one seems to be more finely-tuned and well-executed than ever before. And of course, the battle of man vs. machine alluded to in the band's bio is still just as prominent; and at the conclusion of Hard Times for Dreamers, it seems that the battle has resulted in a draw. But that probably best serves the existence of Ghostfeeder, anyway.


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