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The Strangled

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada | SELF

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada | SELF
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"The Strangled - Straight To Ghost"

The music of the Strangled's new EP, Straight to Ghost, is not unlike that which you might have heard before. However, you may not have heard it in some time. The group's aesthetic takes one back to a time before the pop punk moniker was wrestled away from bands like Jawbreaker by teenagers with a fetish for shants, hair gel and mall trips or candy coated hardcore kids.

To be clear, there is also an obvious Ramones influence as well. Palm muted power chords and basic guitar solos will become a familiar presence after several listens. The vocal style of the groups singer is comparable to the likes of a trepidatious Josh Caterer of The Smoking Popes, while the groups song structure, in most cases, lacks their heavy handed pop sensibilities.

While the group relies upon somewhat formulaic chord and song structures, there is often something hidden beneath this veneer of apparent minimalism. The occasional drum break, melodic bass lead or dissonant guitar chord might impress the more disillusioned rock aficionado. Often these songs make one wish to sing along, perhaps to make up for a lack of background vocals.

If virtuosity or breakdowns are your favorite convention this EP is not for you. If you enjoy solid rock songs with the occasional curiosity you might want to pick up the Straight to Ghost EP.

You can find it streaming or download it for free at one of their various pages via -

"“The Forgetting” by The Strangled"

“It’s punky, it’s poppy and it’s some other alternative stuff as well,” says Joe Arrotti about his group The Strangled. “It’s rock music.” The band line-up solidified last year with Curtis Stamp (guitar), Harry Parsons (drums), Adam Reid (bass/vocals) and Joe Arrotti (guitar/vocals). “We try to have fun and not take ourselves too seriously although we are serious about our music,” says Arrotti. “We try to play catchy songs without being too childish about it.” With some obvious influences from bands like Jawbreaker, Guided By Voices and The Ramones, The Strangled definitely could be described as “fun rock” — a term coined by Guided By Voices front-man Robert Pollard. The band is planning to record a new album this coming winter with a Canadian tour in the spring. - The Scope


Disconnected - Single - available on itunes

Never Forget - LP - available on itunes, April 2012

Straight To Ghost - EP, full stream at



We put a lot of hard work into the songs we write and record. We've done everything from writing, recording, mixing, and promoting the songs on our own. Whatever we need to do we learn how to do it and get it done. Our dedication to our music shines in every one of our melodies that get stuck in your head.