My Ticket Home played like beasts. Photo: Matt Brunk
For SLUG's end-of-the-year wrap-up last year, I chose My Ticket Home's To Create A Cure as one of my Top 5 albums, and I've been watching the news for a while, waiting for my chance to hear them live. There's just something about them that I loved right away, especially after watching the video for “New Breed.” Plenty of bands do the heavy-and-light mix, but I thought there was a genuine passion in their take, an earnestness that stood out to me. Touring to promote their new album, Strangers Only, they finally announced a Salt Lake show in the second half, bringing along Night Verses and I Am King to round out the bill. I didn't know much about either of them, but it didn't take long for me to become a Night Verses fan as soon as I realized that Douglas Robinson (formerly the vocalist for The Sleeping) was rocking the mic. Lift Your Existence, their first full-length together, is simply amazing. Particularly lengthy, but without a minute of waste, it's great hearing Robinson's voice with so much bite and with so much sonic fury backing him up. Excellent stuff—I recommend it.