Such Gold
Stand Tall


3.0
good

Review

by Dante Alighieri USER (85 Reviews)
September 29th, 2010 | 35 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pop Punk Is Not Dead.

Stated infamously on New Found Glory’s latest music video, pop punk is one of those anomalies in music that most would seem fit to tag as unmistakably and irrefutably untalented and only used for corporate cash cows to dial in on the multitudes of preteen Generation X-ers, and for the most part, they’re right. The turn of this decade has seen an interesting resurgence of new and fresh pop punk bands that seem more energetic and genuine than the All Time Lows and Cartels out in the music biz, a new DIY ethic that was made so popular in '81-'85 hardcore is vastly becoming the new trend as more and more bands are speeding up the tempo, throwing in d-beat punk influenced drum work and heavily melodic singing mixed with rough hardcore throats. In this new wave of pop punk is where Rochester, New York band Such Gold is firmly placed.

Such Gold wastes no time in their 09 EP, Stand Tall. Starting things off quickly with a ‘no intro needed’ style of approach, ‘Four Superbowls, No Rings’ is your basic short opening track (less than two minutes) that basically gives you an overall layout of how the rest of the five song EP is going to structurally sound like. Vocalist Ben Kotin is quite the competent singer/songwriter, usually focusing on the positive, uplifting side of life such as overcoming ones problems through adversity, and staying close to your friends and having them help out in your life. It’s hard to find fault as the whole general band adequately portrays the genre in such an honest and energetic approach.

But honesty and energy is not merely enough to place Such Gold in the forefront of the genre. A major issue that I have found with Stand Tall is the numerous comparisons to Set Your Goals while listening to this album. I mean, seriously, Such Gold must have written this album immediately after listening to Set Your Goals’ debut album ‘Mutiny’ as the sonic similarities are so profound that it becomes a major hindrance for one who has been listening to Set Your Goals for a while. ‘The Greatest Comeback of All Time’, while in no way horrible, is essentially a B-side to older Set Your Goals material, featuring your same style of melodic hardcore with numerous gang-shouts and heavily harmonized vocals.

Such Gold are going to have to do something really, and I mean really, quick to help differentiate themselves in this genre, cause living in the shadow of Set Your Goals is not going to help these guys pay the bills. Stand Tall is adequate and infectiously catchy throughout all five songs. This is merely an EP from a relative newcomer to the scene, so the faults on this release can easily be overlooked as youthful mistakes. While I hope for the best, Such Gold is already walking the fine line between greatness and obscurity.



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cvlts
September 29th 2010


8967 Comments


sweet band. last.fm recommended.

fromtheinside
September 29th 2010


18717 Comments


not a fan of SYG not sure if i'd like this tbh

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cvlts
September 29th 2010


8967 Comments


then you should stay away from this lol

BigTuna
September 29th 2010


5161 Comments


hip-hop is not dead

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accompliceofmydeath
September 29th 2010


4264 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I heart you so hard. Have you heard the new EP?

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cvlts
September 29th 2010


8967 Comments


check it 36.

accomplice, i thought this was their new one. they released a new one already?

Leatherneck
September 29th 2010


660 Comments


they relased pedestals, haven't hear this one but pedestals is pretty good

cvlts
September 29th 2010


8967 Comments


lol u 5'd this.

accompliceofmydeath
September 29th 2010


4264 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, their new one just leaked. I pre-ordered it yesterday. It's called Pedestals and it's fantastic.

cvlts
September 29th 2010


8967 Comments


sweet, ya once i get a copy ill review that then. pos/neg anyone?

accompliceofmydeath
September 29th 2010


4264 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

To be honest. I haven't even read it yet :O

cvlts
September 29th 2010


8967 Comments


who asked if you read it? lol

accompliceofmydeath
September 29th 2010


4264 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A small grammatical error: But honestly and energy is not merely enough
Should be honesty no l

I think these guys are too aggressive to be complete SYG ripoffs. I find them to be more along the lines of Title Fight and the more melodic hardcore/punk approach than a straight up pop punk delivery.

cvlts
September 29th 2010


8967 Comments


I hope not, cause I'm not a Title Fight fan lol.

While I do agree that Set Your Goals tend to float more towards straight poppunk then these guys, they still sound nearly exactly like their older days, if only SYGs faster material off mutiny.

accompliceofmydeath
September 29th 2010


4264 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Aww, Title Fight's awesome though! Maybe they're not the best comparison.

Yeah, it does resemble old SYG, I'll give ya that. Maybe I'm trying to think of another band. It's just more yell-y than SYG.

accompliceofmydeath
September 29th 2010


4264 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha, of course you are!

accompliceofmydeath
September 29th 2010


4264 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was actually thinking about doing this one. Maybe I'll do Bangarang!

cvlts
September 29th 2010


8967 Comments


It's just more yell-y than SYG.

ah! only like a quarter of the time. the rest, he sounds exactly like matt wilson from syg dude.

'dead men tell no tales', 'we do it for the money OBVIOUSLY', and 'mutiny!'

listen to those three from syg and then listen to this. its painfully obvious how much they bite off em.

accompliceofmydeath
September 29th 2010


4264 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've never noticed that. Let me take a listen.

accompliceofmydeath
September 29th 2010


4264 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok, I give. It does sound quite a bit like him. This is still awesome though!

@andcas: What is said band's name?



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