Reviewed by: Lauren Rosier
It’s been two years since the release of Gold Class’ debut record, It’s You, and now the Melbourne-based quartet has readied their bold sophomore release, Drum.
On Drum, the four-piece creates a 10-song album that is very much in tune with Britain’s post-punk revival from bands like Interpol, Editors, and Bloc Party. Recorded at Head Gap Studios / Tropical Fuck Storm Studios and with the help of producer Gareth Liddiard (The Drones), the four-piece opens with the track “Twist In The Dark”, with its droning guitars and heavy rhythm section layered over Adam Curley’s stark vocals.
The heavy bass lines and rhythmic drumming in “Rose Blind” and “Get Yours” fit so intensely perfect together. Where on “Trouble Fun”, they switch gears and feature more melodic guitars over subdued bass lines, and gentle drums. It gives you a break from the heavy bass lines and drums for a few minutes until “Bully” begins.
The four-piece focuses on the guitars on “Thinking of Strangers”, a track that’s reminiscent of the early 90’s alternative scene; while on “Mercurian”, the group dials into the rhythmic hammering of the drums and heavy bass lines.
Drum is a record that will sound familiar, but if you listen to the inner parts and details of each song, break it down, and truly study it, you’ll discover that each song is a different and important piece of what makes this record so brilliant.