Take some Nirvana-esque “grunge” and add a heavy tinge of metal and some glam melodic swagger and you’ve got “No Place To Be,” the debut album of Ghost Town Radio.
Formed in Columbus in 2011 by guitarists Bryan Lasley and Adam Hofferber, before moving to Lincoln and picking up bassist Joe Pieper and drummer Bryan Daize, Ghost City Radio has a propulsive live show and it transfers that to the disc that was recorded in a home studio last year.
That’s particularly true of the power-punching “Johnny On The Boards,” the heaviest of the album’s 10 tracks, the screamy closer “Hold Steady” (which has absolutely nothing to do with the band The Hold Steady), and the swaggering, stretching '70s-style rocker “Lay That Money Down.”
Covering topics like the “Corner Bar,” a classic bit of alt rock, and the melodic recounting of a “can’t we talk just a little more” on “Late Night,” and the dark, surging "Mind Your Head," Ghost Town Radio is working in standard rock tropes. But they get political on the punkish, shouted “All My Politicians Are Reality TV Stars.” To my ears, it's the best song on the solid record.
Ghost Town Radio will release “No Place To Be” Saturday at Duffy’s Tavern. Night Push and Red Cities will join Ghost Town Radio on the show. Grade: B