By Jake Paxton
If you are a big fan of Bright Eyes, Bauhaus, The Cure, Joy Division, etc, and the album title "My Depression is Always Trying to Kill Me" caught your eye, do not expect to hear angry cynical art rock. Instead, prepare to hear 90's light alternative in the vein of Edwin McCain or Toad the Wet Sprocket B sides. Vince Grant's debut effort may have you confused and feeling slightly tricked.
Considered an EP technically, this effort comes in at about thirty-three minutes, the last two songs bearing most of its length. It begins with the single "Melancholia," which begins in a way that you would absolutely expect yet still is shocking. It's not very saddening; it kind of makes one think of the frat guy who started playing guitar to get chicks. There's musicianship in it, don't get me wrong, but the idea of the song is to expand on an acoustic ballad with the accompaniment of other instruments and besides that, there's not anything particularly grabbing.
The album continues in this way with "Oceans ll" (no part 1 included) and it's a bit more interesting. Grant is not by any means a conventionally-trained vocalist. He seems to have trouble with hitting all the notes, but that may be his vision. Some people seem to like Neil Young.
All in all, it was a valiant effort from a simple LA man who had some tunes he wanted to debut and for that he should be applauded. Baring your soul to the world and diving deep into the vast chasm of depression and managing to bring art from the wreckage is a noble task. The man has potential to write beautiful music and I believe that this is a stepping stone on that path. "My Depression is Always Trying to Kill Me" is available on a variety of music sources so that you can judge for yourself and make sure to keep your ear to the ground as this artist may make waves yet.