Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Blue & Gold - Blue & Gold

EP review by kev@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk

We already knew to expect something good from the debut EP by alt-rock trio Black & Gold. The band released their crunching debut single 'Ghost Man' a coupe of months back and it showed a skill and confidence that belies the fact that it was a first offering. It also had a broad appeal, meaning that if these guys can pick up some decent press and get some more shows under their belt they could be big news. A second track followed, and 'It's Only You' took classic sounds from blues, soul and more to create a real treat. It's not unreasonable to draw parallels here to Alabama Shakes, and look what happened to them.

For their self-titled EP, the band have wisely included these two songs (they should be heard by as many people as possible, it would be a waste otherwise) and a couple of others to pique our interest. There's a slight sigh of releif when you realise the quality doesn't dip, not that we were particularly expecting it to. 'Anything For Love' takes a more conventional rock approach but does so without pulling any punches. It could well be a winner with the alternative crowd and the rock crowd too. They lay on a major riff for 'Your Love', something of Led Zep proportions, and the vocals match it. This is a big trad-rock song that is likely to knock your socks off. Disillusioned with the state of modern rock music? You may have a new favourite band.

Blue & Gold's website

Buy the EP

Catch them live:

THU 29 AUG Mercury Lounge, New York, NY, US

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