New York’s own melody-chirping punk band Such Gold give us a full length release in the glossy form of Misadventures, a fast-paced and classically angsty offering with an air of old school Rise Against about it.
There’s not a lot of room to breathe in this album, it’s full speed from start to finish, skipping around like a little kid with an attention disorder, eating skittles, it’s right up there in your face. Whereas the kid may become irritating after a short time, this album keeps your interest, although never straying from the textbook, tried and tested, fast drumming, distorted guitars and heavy screaming, it doesn’t get old.
Opening track Two Year Plan is a freight train opener, a big start to leave room for the rest of the album, fast, manic, angry, it’s a classic example of the genre with it’s loud and unforgiving atmosphere and fuck-you lyrics. The band is solid, no signs that it’s a first outing anywhere, you can hear that the guys are a quality band with a great future. There are comparisons to be made, I already said Rise Against, I could probably throw in Bouncing Souls but all in all the band hold their own, each song is as good as the last, there’s no real stand out tracks but then, there very rarely is with these types of bands, they are albums to be played in their entirety and not skipped to death.
If the fate of the world depended on my choosing a favourite, I’d probably go for Understand and Forget just because is has a corking Bass intro that sets it apart from the rest of the tracks. The band leaves us with You Are The Greatest Threat which is a culmination of all the great things from the rest of the album and a nice closer. If I’m honest I didn’t cry when the album finished, and I did’n;t have it on repeat, but it’s a small piece of quality that proves sometimes it pays of to just follow the textbook. Overall, a fun album with some high points, these guys are probably ones to watch out for over the next few years.