By Justin Kadlec
"[...] the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes 'Awww!' - Jack Kerouac
Much of the initial focus surrounding Mitch Gettman has been he’s still in high school and is producing music well beyond his age. At a time when football games and prom should be the main focus, Mitch has instead been dedicated to pursuing his dream of writing and performing original songs that will engage his listener. During his young career, there have been flattering comparisons to some incredible musicians. Of course, like many before him, Mitch has musical influences that have pushed his development. But unlike most, Mitch has been able to create something that is fresh and undeniably his own. This has never been more evident than with the collection of original songs that make up his full-length, debut album “We are the Mad Ones.”
The twelve songs offer a glimpse into the blossoming soul of this talented young man. This vast well of creation, at times can be a roller-coaster of emotion. A flowing wave of consciousness, which can be as simple as a good story, or a reflective account of love, loss, happiness, anger, clarity, delusion and everything in between. However, as with any talented songwriter, the interpretation is ultimately left up to the listener. Within the boundaries of “We are the Mad Ones,” the listener will have a lot to consider.
From the opening track “Stay with Me,” you are thrust into a powerful 5 minute epic, that not only showcases Mitch’s lyrical prowess, but also introduces his knack for creating memorable and complete musical arrangements. Once inside, it’s clear that Mitch has the uncanny ability to explore dynamics, feelings and music from across the spectrum, while still creating a complete album with purpose. Guitar driven rockers such as “Inherent Blues” & “Counting Sheep” find themselves right at home next to beautiful and thoughtful songs like “Lay Down (And Rest)” and “Where Are you Now.” The bouncy track “Try too Hard” seems like the polar opposite of the brooding “Drowning in my Sleep,” but after a closer listen, you’ll hear that the lyrics come from the same place. This place also seems to be the breeding ground for the sullen, yet sweet ballad “Last Time” which is a true testament to Mitch’s songwriting ability. Another great example of this is the gorgeous harmonies and harp work on the track “Sweet Relief.” There’s probably no better way to showcase what Mitch has to offer then the final two tracks, “Affection pt. 1 & 2.” This powerful closer brings the album full circle with an epic ending that is more than fitting for what is sure to be the first of many from this truly gifted talent.
released September 26, 2011
All songs by Mitch Gettman (ASCAP)
Produced by AJ Mogis and Mitch Gettman
Engineered and mixed by AJ Mogis
Mastered by Doug Van Sloun
Mitch Gettman: Vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, 12 string electric guitar, percussion, piano, organ, harmonica
Andrew Malashock: Bass
Adam Gerber: Drums
Neal Davis: Piano on track 9
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