Go Rydell - The Golden Age
Record Label: Black Numbers
Release Date: June 22, 2010
Go Rydell’s The Golden Age, in its own way, turns the traditional term “full-length” on its head. Its ten tracks burn in a napalm-esque fashion for just over fifteen minutes, but even though there are numerous tracks barely over one minute long, the listener is never slighted on depth or content.
The band delivers a fantastic flavor of melodic hardcore, where the instrumentation focuses on being infectious (if not a bit simplistic), juxtaposed against the biting vocals of frontman Chris Scaduto. There have been numerous comparisons to Kid Dynamite and Shook Ones made, and while I’m not as familiar as I perhaps should be with similar outfits, Go Rydell sounds brilliant all the same. Scaduto's vocal technique is harsh, but enjoyable, and the guitars carry the energy well. There are a few sequences, like the end of opener "MTA" where the band could afford to let the jams develop more, but only because they've got a sound that is genuinely enjoyable.
The idea that a band can deliver a satisfying level of depth and artistry in such a short run time probably works best in this style of music anyway. Tracks like “1955” explode out of the gate and change tempo in a challenging and engaging manner, and are sure to get feet moving at shows. There are flashes of melody and gang vocals, and these moments are just enough to keep the overall mood light hearted and fun without compromising the raw energy that flows seamlessly across all ten songs.
There’s just enough space to have lyrical depth in the songs too, which is impressive considering their length. While most bands are challenged to get across any kind of consistent theme with 11 three or four minute tracks, Scaduto gets his hits in much less time. Songs are mostly nostalgic in nature, and there’s plenty to relate to here.
The Golden Age is a fun and frantic romp that delivers on all fronts, and while there’s only so much that can be said about fifteen minutes of melodic hardcore, you really don’t have anything to lose by giving the album a listen.