You may have already heard me talk about this band with great enthusiasm. In 2015 I listed The New Sidewalk as my favorite release of the year. That record is an absolute crusher … and I worry about follow ups to such amazing recordings. When the bar is set so high, the potential for a big letdown increases. I don’t know what I was worried about because Such Gold’s new release titled Deep in a Hole is brilliant!
For those of you not familiar with this band, their sound is aggressive and in-yer-face in all the right ways. It’s fast, frustrated, and above all, unconventional. In a genre that has become noticeably homogenized over the years, Such Gold is still finding a way to produce an experimental sound that isn’t so far over the edge as to become inaccessible. The instrumentation played without boundaries is in constant flux, but it is served with a perfect blend of dissonance vs melody. If records were ranked like martial arts, Deep in a Hole deserves a black belt for technical prowess. Each song is loaded with twisted change ups that are played with extreme precision and melodies that oscillate back and forth from easy and comfortable to angst and challenging.
Complex arrangements coupled with certain ferocity in the delivery, yields an undeniable energy that comes exploding through in every song. The energy that I’m referring to is the essence of what I believe makes for a remarkable punk rock album. Deep in a Hole is indeed remarkable! …but it’s not an album per se. In fact, the only thing about the release that lets me down is that it’s an EP and I wish it had more songs on it because I can’t get enough of these guys! For fans of Stereotyprider, Propagandhi, and other boundary-bending punk rock bands, this is a must have!
Easy 5 out of 5 SDP Skullz!
Reviewed by Todd Dulawan