A record built on heartbreak, on the feelings left behind and on the sofa in the house of a friend of a friend. Drum is the ten-track record from Gold Class. The release highlights the struggle that we go through in the time of relationship breakups with hints of Morrissey-esque vocals throughout. Available on limited edition white vinyl LP and CD.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 24 August 2017
Foghorn-voiced rockers Gold Class are the latest band to go through a break up and write an album about it. But that's fine as safe relationships do not good music make - see also Paul McCartney, Sting. I described their last album as the sound of standing outside a punk club whilst a ship comes into harbour and singer Evan Purdey still sounds like a cross between Morrissey and airhorn or a turbo charged Brian Molko but more often than not his snarling meshes pretty nicely amongst the jagged post rock. Tracks like 'Rose Blind' are a little blustery in that Eagulls style racket but the clanking guitars on 'Get Yours' are good enough to eat - it sounds like they've been played with razorblades instead of guitar picks.
But it's not all racket. 'Trouble Fun' is a slow and quite melodic piece with hints of the good bits of Maximo Park though the band forget to tell Purdey who bellows over the top like they are playing 'Ace of Spades'.
'Drum' is a confident album that gives you a fair taste of modern day post punk. There's hints of the great earlier day bands such as the Chameleons, Public Image and Dub Sex and the guitars slash and burn effectively. A few tracks in I'm a bit sick of being shouted at but any album that reminds me of standing outside a filthy take away in the pissing rain is ok by me.
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