Such Gold - Misadventures
Record Label: Razor & Tie Records
Release Date: August 14, 2012
You shouldn't be shocked to learn that Misadventures, Such Gold's first full-length, is a serious album. Like, everything is falling down and we're trying to find shelter and hey this is my hiding place get out of here before I kill you-serious. Ben Kotin and crew barrage us with punk-pop laced with a snarl and relentless bite that is just as fidgety as it is hard-headed. Misadventures calls to mind a bleak world where friends change fates and nobody is as smart or naive as they'd like you to believe. So, basically, the real world.
And that's what I really get from Misadventures. Some dudes who are very in-tune with the real world. On songs like the sawing-guitar opus "Committee Circus" and old-Set Your Goals-worshipping "Keyhole M.O.", Such Gold become our tour guides for a place leveled by emotional destruction. We hear lines with the venom of "And we say pathological liar like it's something rare," or from "Another Day," "But I never thought that a secret was safe / Cause there's no lock and key to those teeth these days," - and coupled with fast-moving, brain-rattling drums it's all very clear that the only way to fight this shit is to actually fight it.
Fans of Such Gold's previous EPs and splits will be pleased with this album, of course. It's a Such Gold (or more broadly, punk rock) album through and through. But the differences and upgrades present themselves in the intelligence and tightness of the rhythm section and Kotin's chainsaw pipes. Everything just seems urgent coming out of his mouth. If I ran or did any sort of cardiovascular activity, I'd assume this would be a nice album to push myself to. From the crazed yelps of opener "Two Year Plan" to the insanely precise drumming (emphasis on insane) of "Survival of the Fondest," Misadventures is just relentless, refined fury.
But sue me, closer "You Are The Greatest Threat (The Doctor Will Serve You Now)" is not only a fantastic song, but an exciting one. It's the closest thing to a cliffhanger this side of Claudio Sanchez (and much more understandable!). You go through all of Misadventures, and you're rocking and having a blast. But then this little gem of part-chugging, part-melodic, part-pissed musicianship takes us on a ride that I still don't completely understand. With gang vocals spewing stuff like, "Keep talking in your sleep" and Kotin going philosophical on us, we scratch our heads then bang them. Listening to "Greatest Threat" is like looking through a keyhole and seeing something you shouldn't. And sadly, now we have to wait to see what the rest of this beautiful, brutal scene becomes. I'll wait. Misadventures is no bridge or mid-point, though. It's Such Gold going for it all, making an "If this is all we get" statement. Which is fine, sure. But the idea that there's more to come, and that it's as exciting as "Greatest Threat," makes me almost giddy. Until that amazing day comes though, we rock. Not a bad deal.
Recommended If You Like: Set Your Goals, Polar Bear Club, Title Fight, Crucial Dudes
Great review as always and yes this album is great for cardiovascular activity. Worked out to it once and was sore for a week because I pushed myself too hard. Needless to say, I'll never work out again and will stay my pudgy self. Thanks Such Gold
I still prefer their split with AL4W (the songs were more cohesive and memorable), but damn this review is spot on about EVERYTHING. Honestly, this is one of the best reviews I've ever read. Everything really reflected all of my thoughts.