Groundbreaking Ceremony Ė Donít Tell Me What I Canít Do
Record Label: None
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Now a few EPs into the game, Groundbreaking Ceremony put the best foot forward with Donít Tell Me What I Canít Do, their latest dosage of pop-punk. Working with Paul Leavitt allows the guys to tighten the hinges up, making this EP stand out among its preceding work due to Leavittís instruction. The growth is obvious throughout the EP, with Jonnie Baker and Scott Southleaís vocals sounding better than ever.
ďEleventh and BleekerĒ employs a warm-hearted guitar riff as Baker opens up about the stress of being in a young band: ďWhile I watch a normal life fade away / Iíll give it all I have / Because this is the life for me.Ē Easily the most sincere track Groundbreaking Ceremony have written, Baker continues, singing, ďWhat a damn shame / When you canít chase your dreams / With the girl that you love on your side.Ē The lyrics are straightforward and to the point this time around, with Leavittís production making each track bite.
Being released last year, the returning ďDonít Be A DreamĒ and ďThe Burden Of GoodbyeĒ again exhibit Baker and Southleaís dexterous set of pipes, especially on the latter. The mid-tempo rocker ďPsalm 51Ē has a country-rock jive going, while ďSometimes Itís Not EnoughĒ is an acoustic number unlike anything the band has done before.
From the candidness surrounding the opening ďEleventh and BleekerĒ to the lush ďSometimes Itís Not Enough,Ē Donít Tell Me What I Canít Do is easily the best collection of songs Groundbreaking Ceremony have penned to date. The line ďSo how much heart / And soul does it take / To show what makes up / All your dreamsĒ on the closing track becomes the backbone of the band, proving that it is set to prove just that. With a full length hopefully in the works, Groundbreaking Ceremony know exactly how to achieve these dreams.