Ben Liebsch has been through the ringer. His latest creation, A Great Big Hole EP, is a heartfelt testament to rebirth. Although the EP’s production is does not meet that of You, Me & Everyone We Know’s previous bigger-budget releases, these songs’ rough edges serve as the perfect accouterment to Liebsch’s elegantly cathartic spewing.
“Coming Up Short” is the high point of this slim three-song release. Typical of YM&EWK, simplified theatrical instrumentation keeps the tone lighthearted, whatever the lyrics may condescend. In this case, however, the message is brilliantly positive: “The road ahead brings a warm smile/As I look back at the last mile.” The goal is clear and the execution is poetic—a painfully rare combination these days. Distorted arena guitars slide into each note with smirking confidence as Leibsch’s spot-on vocal abilities are emphasized even further by the EP’s lack of production quality. Quirky extras like a buzzing alarm fading in and out of the bridge provide some additional dramatic kick.
The title track expands further on the theme of self-reinvention, this time emphasizing the not-so-sparkly events that induce a desire for revival. Liebsch’s vocals soar in the chorus, tracing a beautifully dramatic pop-perfect melody with the insightful words, “To get this low I had to dig a great big hole/Now the only way out cost me everything I know.” A purposeful chord progression provides all-encompassing optimism in the chorus, and vibrant strings push the song’s buoyancy even further in the post-chorus.
People have been asking about these so hear they are and if you haven’t picked up the EP yet, I urge you to do so at youmeandeveryoneweknow.bandcamp.com
A GREAT BIG HOLE
i awoke stinking like a dead man does with time
not just from the waste i’ve strewn
around the room
my will resigned…
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