Etching honesty into the stone of post-emo indie rock reminiscent of Silver & Gold (of which he is a founder) Lombardi finds a new musical space, distinct in its everyman delivery and folk-song realism.
On this effort, Lombardi shines as the humble leader of a bar room chorus shouting the refrain “Walking forward staring at the ground – saw you blame the world when you fell down.” It’s a rally cry of calling it like it is, marking a highpoint of Lombardi’s keen ability to be direct.
The chorus of voices is only part of the personnel lifting the song from solo to nearly symphonic. Dan Salisbury’s brilliant drumming puts an angular, polyrhythmic spin on the outset of the tune’s arpeggiated keyboard via synth wizard/audio engineer Noel Afan Billups (ssiigghh, it’s just bugs, Bright Silence). Mickey Postillion joins Lombardi in building a golden wall of guitar shimmer and Samantha Brewer reinforces the vocal rally cry. The Blasting Room’s Chris Beeble provides bass, mixing, engineering and well earned producer’s credit.
“Well’s running empty for shit that I can say,” Lombardi laments through a working man’s tightly clenched jaw. But “Some People” is clear evidence that it ain’t.