Such Gold
Pedestals


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dante Alighieri USER (85 Reviews)
September 30th, 2010 | 29 replies | 11,238 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: That's more like it...

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

Self-criticism can sometimes be destructive; maybe you find the faults that hold you down and succumb to them, leading to stumbling and eventual defeat. Obviously, bands sometime take this approach, Crime in Stereo re-evaluated their sound and while the idea itself seemed solid on paper, it eventually lead to their downfall. But sometimes self-criticism can help a band immensely. When Such Gold first came into the scene, their first EP Stand Tall had all the right ideas and was brimming with youthful enthusiasm that bands in their particular genre must carry in order to get anywhere. However, Stand Tall was plagued by redundancy and that notable ‘hook’ that pop punk needs in order to keep a listener interested. Sure, it was infectiously catchy and had enough harmonies and head-bobbing material, but it just didn’t have the replay value that bands like Four Year Strong or Marathon have. Compounded by the fact that Stand Tall was basically a collection of ‘Mutiny’-era Set Your Goals B-sides, Such Gold needed to rethink their approach to music a bit more and have it more thought out for their next release.

Now the year is 2010 we see Such Gold having reformed their sound and have released their second EP Pedestals. I’ll cut to the chase and say this, Pedestals is a major improvement from their previous releases. When I say that they have reformed their sound, I don’t mean it by saying "Oh, they’ve completely switched genres" no, they still firmly fall under pop-punk melodic hardcore. So for any original haters of Such Gold, sorry, but you’re still gonna hate them after Pedestals, don’t get me wrong. Pedestals does see Such Gold refining their sound in subtle ways that help them differentiate themselves from the genre and, most importantly, Set Your Goals. Opening track ‘Cut Rides’ is proof that Such Gold no longer wish to be compared to other similar bands, as the track is nearly twice as fast as any of their previous material. Final track ‘Pedestals’ see’s Such Gold final starting to find a niche in the genre, as it features them embracing more of their punk roots and it more akin to old timers Strike Anywhere and Strung Out. The ending itself is chaotic for the genre and extremely heavy by pop-punk standards.

In reality, Pedestals is just a taste of what Such Gold can do. While they have yet to release a full length, it makes the listener anxious for more and hopefully, with fingers crossed, Such Gold will finally break the veil of obscurity and become one of the leaders of the current melodic hardcore genre. While still not enough to fully overtake other bands that are currently leading the pack, Such Gold have successfully self-critiqued their previous mistakes that have plagued their older material and their future seems a bit brighter than it did last year.



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cvlts
September 30th 2010



8954 Comments


whoops! bumped my review off the page...

whoops! same band, different album.

haha, on a roll.

Leatherneck
September 30th 2010



660 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hell yeah, this band shows potential
but at times it just sounds too similar to FYS for some reason

cvlts
September 30th 2010



8954 Comments


yeah especially this one. but they're tryin a lot more noticeably on this to be different so i'm gonna fault them as much as i originally did.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2010



7163 Comments


Good review, but I would have liked a wee bit more commentary on the individual songs. As I see it, I think you only mentioned two of them - literally the first and the last songs.

cvlts
September 30th 2010



8954 Comments


its a 6 track ep, any more commentary and it wouldve started soundin like a tbt.

also, i picked the songs that resounded the most to me, which happened incidentally to be the first and last track.

Leatherneck
September 30th 2010



660 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, you forgot to mention Sycamore which is the most interesting song on this imo

cvlts
September 30th 2010



8954 Comments


=/

tough crowd these days...

accompliceofmydeath
September 30th 2010



4193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You suck and pop punk is gay.

Digging: Devo - Freedom of Choice

accompliceofmydeath
September 30th 2010



4193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also, who the fuck is Marathon and why haven't I heard of them.

pop punk melodic hardcore really needs a shorter name that isn't popcore. I kinda like easycore, but most people don't.

cvlts
October 1st 2010



8954 Comments


melodic hardcore. that's what it's been, thats how it should be. been around since hardcore was coined.

and you don't know Marathon? ur fucked...

accompliceofmydeath
October 1st 2010



4193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pop punk leaning melodic hardcore :P

Yeah, where the fuck have I been?

thedude1234
October 12th 2010



1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

marathon was a sick punk rock band

accompliceofmydeath
October 12th 2010



4193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ya know what'd be sick? If my fucking copy of this came in the mail. Same with my Nails CD. Fuck you, mailman!

cvlts
October 12th 2010



8954 Comments


dude gets 5 cool points for marathon knowledge

cvlts
October 12th 2010



8954 Comments


whoa, sup neg

accompliceofmydeath
October 12th 2010



4193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh, not mu...oh, wait. Thought you were talking to me :S

pmmets07
November 11th 2010



5858 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

just got this. stand stall appeals to me more

ConsiderPhlebas
January 6th 2011



6157 Comments


This is so fucking good

xstaytrue18x
February 24th 2011



578 Comments


this band rules. i seen them last night with starters and a few locals, their really nice guys and support positive music being made today. if you get the chance to see them live then go

craigy2
February 24th 2011



551 Comments


was supposed to be seeing these guys tonight, but the promoter double-booked the venue and they're instead playing over 100 miles away.



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