The first time I heard these guys was quite a while ago, New Years Eve I believe. They played a show at my church, I didn’t really know what to expect. My youth pastor knew the drummer and so he wanted them to play here so I figured WHY NOT the more the merrier. Though style wise they did not fit the bill the were one of the tightest (musically) bands that night. They are down right dancible and I love that.
I have heard many people compare them to the likes of Taking Back Sunday and Thursday (thats other people not me) I am definitley sure there is truth in that though I just wouldn’t know honestly. I will point out a few of the many high points on this CD.
Track one entitled Starting Line” (fits well don’t ya think) starts off with a great guitar riff that seems to flow flawlessly with the music suddenly my leg starts moving in a rhythmic motion and my hands start clapping next thing I know I am doing that good old emo dance in the middle of my room. So what I am trying to get you to realize is this song is very dancible and up beat its great.
Track 2 the title track “Celebrate Mistakes” is about not letting your mistakes take you down but using them to become stronger Similar to James 1:2-3 (look it up thats my favorite verse). The vocal harmonies mixed with the melodic guitars makes this track one of my favorite songs. This has a much more mellow almost worshipful vibe to it.
Track Four “On and On” kicks off with vocals and guitar and progresses iinto a great rock anthem that constantly gets stuck in my head.
I could go on for all eleven tracks but you might go crosseyed by the time you finish so I will rap it up with their single that can be requested on Christian Rock Radio stations.
Track Nine “Get Up” this is there crowd participation song. It has a pretty upbeat alternative sound to it. The vocals have a very Number One Gun reminiscent vibe (you have to get the CD to know what I mean). This is a good song to put out on the radio it has a good sound that many people will get into and will help suck them into the world of NUMBER ONE GUN!!
This is a solid rock album as Matt Theissan describes it “If emo music were in a sealed ziplock bag Number one Gun would be a breath of fresh air entering in” (thats not an exact quote just a paraphrase. This CD is awesome GET IT.
Celebrate Mistakes is a well-crafted indie rock effort by new Floodgate Records artist Number One Gun. Although the first few songs lost me with their radio perfection this CD still caught my ears and pulled me in during the middle of the album. The balance is what makes this cd memorable. Whether you’re the made-for-commercial-radio rock/emo fan the indie rock fan looking for a little looseness or the underground perfectionist emo fan you’d probably dig this band. The first few songs (“Starting Line ” “Celebrate Mistakes ” “You Fail Sometimes ” and “On and On”) are radio made. The next three songs (“The Last Time ” “Invest In You ” and “These Things”) come from an indie sound. Then the last four (“Hear This ” “Get Up [The Way I Feel] ” “This Is All We Know ” and “Today Is Described”) go into a sappy FurtherSeems Forever feeling. Not a groundbreaking album but well balanced. Fans of The Juliana Theory Further Seems Forever Acceptance or any of the music styles named in this review should go and check out Celebrate Mistakes a new release by a good solid band Number One Gun.