Ryan Hamilton and the Harlequin Ghosts
Bottoms Up (Here’s To Goodbye) Review
by Tom Faddis
Ryan Hamilton and The Harlequin Ghosts have released a new single called “Bottoms Up (Here’s To Goodbye).” Ryan is the only American in the band, the rest of the band hails from the U.K. With the core members being: Mickey Richards (drums) and Rob Lane (bass) and when they play as a five-piece, the lineup is rounded out by Carol Hodge (keyboards and backing vocals) and Dave Winkler (lead guitar). The band is a cross between today’s rock and yesterday’s classic rock influences, with a bit of country music thrown on top for good measure. Currently the band is recording a new album for Wicked Cool Records in partnership with The Orchard, “Bottoms Up (Here’s To Goodbye)” is the follow-up to their first single “Straight Up,” which puts a 60 and 70s inspired rock twist on Paula Abdul’s classic 80s hit.
“Bottoms Up (Here’s Too Goodbye)” is an upbeat surfer rock feel that is dance driven. The lyrics touch on heavy topics such as escaping bad relationships and alcoholism. In contrast though, the music is energetic with Hamilton’s voice sounding full and clear. The harmonies are abundant, and they are tight and meaningful. The choruses are memorable with clear guitar patterns. Similarly, the bridge is a twist of surprises and features Hamilton’s upper range, which is brimming and strong. The guitar solo is melodic and excellently played. The key change after the solo keeps the song moving forward.
A straightforward tune with easy going lyrics filled with hooks and power rock-pop appeal. Therefore, “Bottoms Up (Here’s To Goodbye),” is a window into the album itself and a strong indicator that we are in for an epic full-length ride. Building on the successful beach sound of their predecessors, The Pyramids, Beach Boys and the Catalina’s who were the young rock stars of their era in the 60s. Screaming girls filled stadiums to see them. Most noteworthy, with an updated edgier sound of today, the group has a recipe for success taking elements of the beach sound that permeated the airwaves in the 60s, giving it a modern flavor that might just hook into that baby boomer crowd who have ample cash to spare and spend on music, as well as the younger gen set connecting generations of listeners.
Bottoms Up (Here’s To Goodbye)
- Release Date: October 19, 2018
- Label: Wicked Cool Records