It comes as little surprise that the album has already been so well received, reaching #6 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart in its first week. Such Gold have been quietly building a wave of noise, ready to crash over the international punk scene in a hail of strained vocals and vicious riffs.
With their latest release, Such Gold have moved away from the New Found Glory-esque focus on relationships whilst maintaining the pop-punk ethic that made their EP's Stand Tall and Pedestals such fun to listen to. Misadventures is still definitely the bands heaviest effort so far, and the edge of aggression suits them to a tee. The entire album seems flooded with an urgency that Ben Kotin's vocals were meant for, ranging between vitriolic fury and harmonious serenity effortlessly in the space of seconds.
LISTEN // 'Two Year Plan'
Bristling with anger but never getting lost in the seriousness of it all, Misadventures harks back to the fun of Set Your Goals or The Steal while bringing a new depth to the music through quality backing vocals and expert timing. Perhaps one of the most important things in enjoying any album is knowing that the people playing the music are having fun too.
With Misadventures there is little doubt of this, Such Gold never become too involved in the lyrics and emanate unrestrained energy. With delicious 90's punk riffs and a contemporary take on the typical hardcore breakdown, Such Gold are in fact their own breed of monster, delivering a part Thrice, part Comeback Kid style salute to the hardcore bands of yesteryear.
LISTEN // 'Another Day'
Highlights of the album would have to be opener Two Year Plan, a pitch perfect marriage of caustic vocals, thundering chords and teeth-rattling drumwork. Their are several other worthy tracks, but to pick one would distract from the value of this album as a whole, consistently fresh and aggressively optimistic in it's approach. For eleven tracks the New York foursome dance across the line between pop and hardcore, cutting their own path that will surely become more intriguing as it continues on.
In short; nimble, sharp and hugely entertaining, Misadventures is a treasure more than befitting the band's name.
Misadventures is out now on Razor & Tie Records
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