Claymore Disco - Year of the Disco: Gold Edition
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: November 3, 2012
Claymore Disco has only been around for a year and a half, and yet they’ve found themselves packing out a popular local venue with hundreds of fans. With their first full-length release, Year of the Disco: Gold Edition, the band hopes to uphold the place they’ve made for themselves in the dance rock genre. They’ve been featured on local radio stations, won a contest as the best local band in Colorado Springs, and appeared in print articles, all in the span of a few months. The reason things are working for this band is because they approach the industry with a warm and personable perspective. They understand kids these days, and they pack enough fun per punch to truly satisfy today’s modern audience.
Year of the Disco: Gold Edition follows in the footsteps of Claymore Disco’s self-titled EP release in 2011. The album takes the best 4 songs from the EP and rehashes them here while adding 7 new tracks. The band’s sonic approach is similar to their EP, but they up the ante with an instrumental, a ballad, and some experimenting with drum tracks. “The Colour Change” boasts an arena filling gang-vocal hook with a sexy bass solo to boot. Bassist Ethan Mills has a good handle on his place on this album, whether he’s locked in with a slap riff or playing with a nice, fat tone. It’s good to hear instrumental proficiency throughout the album, most noticeably through Mills’ bass playing. Guitarist Bart Williams provides plenty of Two-Door Cinema Club – esque riffs, and synthesizer player Garret Myers proves he knows his way around a sugary lick or two.
We hear the first inklings of a pop anthem with “Tears Could Talk.” Myers voice swoons “I’m a few breaths short of nothing to say, if tears could talk I wish mine would say – ” and then the song launches into a chanted chorus. Perhaps the most interesting moment on the album is the transition from the instrumental “Adumbrations” into the pounding rock anthem “Shadows”. It provides the latter with a strong background as the instrumental is integrated towards the end of the song. “Invisible Arrows” has the most infectious vocal hook I’ve heard in awhile, and is the perfect album closer for a high-energy band with nothing to lose and everything to give.
Songs like “Red Dress”, also heard on the EP, seem to stand out as outliers on the full-length. The track lacks any kind of synthesizer, and winds up sounding dry compared to its counterparts. To the band’s credit, the vocals on the full length sound exceptionally better than their EP, and they become less of a distraction from the music. The engineering on the drum tracks is also quite fascinating, providing another layer and depth to the band’s sound. You could argue that its overdone at certain points, but its presence on the album marks another big difference from the EP.
Year of the Disco: Gold Edition is the next logical step for Claymore Disco. It has the fun, the rhythms, and the smarts to keep listeners on their toes. There’s more power and direction here now that the band has had time to jell as a unit. I look forward to what these guys do in the future. Anyone can tell you that there is success in store for this band. With an infectious spirit and an optimistic work ethic, expect to see Claymore Disco play a role in the synth-rock movement of the future. Year of the Disco: Gold Edition is a solid album you can recommend to anyone wanting to get a little jumpy or crunky in their own bedroom or at a show.
Claymore Disco is:
Ethan Mills - Bass and BGV's
Garret Myers - Lead vocals and synthesizers
Bart Williams - Guitar and BGV's