Such Gold - Misadventures
Record Label: Razor & Tie
Release Date: August 14th, 2012
In the genre of pop-punk, there’s not much variety. Not many bands do try to “reinvent the wheel,” however, there are a few bands that do. One I can name is New York quartet Such Gold. They’re on the more aggressive side of pop-punk that combines pop-punk with hardcore. For that, they are a bit different.They’ve only released a few EPs, but they’ve been absolutely wonderful. They’ve finally released their debut record entitled “Misadventures” on Razor & Tie. Ultimately, the record is exactly the opposite of the title – it’s quite an adventure, even if the “adventure” is only 28 minutes.
It starts off with “Two Year Plan,” which is a very aggressive two-minute song. That’s also the norm for Such Gold, and that’s the biggest downfall of this record – every song is the same. While their sound is pretty refreshing, it’s quite hard to distinguish every song from one another. It almost sounds like a 28-minute song. There are some “standout tracks,” though. Second track “Committee Circus” features some nice guitar work by guitarists Nate Derby and Skylar Sarkis. Another highlight is third track “Storyteller,” which was a single released earlier this summer. It’s still a great track, and certainly one of the more “memorable” tracks on the record. Fourth track “Keyhole M.O.” starts off with a nice little guitar lick, but fades into obscurity. Honestly, that’s how many of the tracks on this record sound. They don’t stand out too much from one another, minus a few tracks, like “Storyteller,” as I mentioned earlier. “Another Day” is one of the more “pop-punk” tracks on the record, and also has some of my favorite lyrics on this record.
The lyrics on this record are extremely top notch. Vocalist Ben Kotin has a rather distinct voice but it’s still pretty typical for pop-punk. I do like how he’s able to easily transition from cleans to a scream. It’s not quite a scream, though; I can understand what he’s saying. It’s still nice, though. Such Gold is right in between pop-punk and hardcore. They also have a great balance between the two genres that should please fans of both of them. As for the last half of the record, “Tell Yourself” is my favorite track. And more of my favorite lyrics on here, like, “You’re only what you tell yourself you are, and lying to yourself can only get you so far.” I absolutely love it. As for the rest of the record, it’s pretty solid pop-punk/hardcore, but again, it all just blends together.
That all leads me to the problems I had with this record. There wasn’t many. Vocalist Ben Kotin is fantastic; his voice is great, his lyrics are great, you can’t go wrong. The instrumentation is pretty top notch, too. For a pop-punk band, these guys are one of the top bands in the genre. Maybe they could blow up just as much as fellow pop-punk/hardcore band Title Fight has in the last few years. All of that is great, but the thing that bothers me most about this record is that everything seems to blend together into one long song. While their sound is awesome, it’s the fact that there aren’t too many standout tracks sort of brings it down for me. This is only their debut record, so I am looking forward to future releases. This band definitely has promise, and this is certainly a step in the right direction. In terms of pop-punk releases this year, this is one of the best. If you’ve never listened to this band, you really should.
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