Anyone who doubted Aaron Gillespie's ability to transcend his glory days as the drummer and clean vocalist of metalcore band Underoath and make it as a solo artist can safely eat their words. Yeah, the guy was a tyrannical beast of nature on the skins, with a voice that gracefully cut through the brutal screams of Spencer Chamberlain, but at this point in the game that's all in the past. And it's really no surprise. Gillespie was the musical backbone of the Tampa six-piece, and his intentions were clear from the second he created the alt-rock band The Almost - music is his worship.
It would make sense then that he's releasing Echo Your Song, a six-song live EP of worship music: the man embodies the image of fellowship. From the second the EP kicks off, Gillespie's soft, full voice floats with life and inspiration, leading praise for something he obviously feels very passionate about. Regardless of your religious beliefs, there's something comforting when somebody fervently pursues their heart. It makes him happy. And that makes me happy.
"We Were Made For You" is a more up-beat song with a similar alt-rock feel to The Almost, and Gillespie's voice reflects that. The drums are snappy and well-paced, though I can't help feeling the "Dave Grohl Effect": What it must feel like to have to be the guy playing drums behind Gillespie. That must be an uncomfortable situation.
The real gem, however, is "Anthem Song," which kicks off with a quick, pounding snare over rough-around-the-edges vocals and a cheering crowd. This is Gillespie at his best, leading the crowd with his vigor and avidity. No, there aren't drop beats and shredding six-piece guitars -- but it's quite obvious this is exactly where he wants to be.