Living with Lions
LabelRazor & Tie
Tracklist1. Two Year Plan
2. Committee Circus
4. Keyhole M.O.
5. Another Day
6. Survival of the Fondest
7. Tell Yourself
8. Higher Places
9. Understand and Forget
10. Locked Out of the Magic Theater
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Misadventures marks Such Gold’s first full length since their incarnation three years ago. After releasing two EPs and two splits, as well as signing to Razor & Tie late last year, the band finally treats fans to a fully fleshed out effort. If you’re familiar with Such Gold’s previous work, then you can expect more of the same on Misadventures – a fun, energetic blend of punk, hardcore, and pop punk.
Let’s get the negative aspects of Misadventures out of the way first. Fortunately, there is really only one issue, but it’s one that affects the whole album. With 11 tracks clocking in at less than 30 minutes, and all the songs being upbeat, the record moves by extremely quickly. Everything runs together and three tracks could go by before you realize it’s a different song. All the songs are well executed and are surely a blast to hear live, but they don’t all hold their ground on an album. The same problem exists for bands like Bane, where the record basically just serves as material to study so you can sing along and stage dive to your heart’s content at their live shows.
Besides that overall issue, Misadventures is still required listening for pop punk fans in 2012, particularly those who like their pop punk with some grit to it. Most of the vocals are screamed or yelled and there are some short, but effective breakdowns sprinkled throughout the album like on “Higher Places” and “Keyhole M.O.” Fear not though, there are still plenty of catchy parts as well such as the chorus on “Tell Yourself,” the ending of “Your Are Your Greatest Threat,” and all of “Storyteller.” You certainly won’t find any bad songs on here, but some are definitely stronger than others – the ones mentioned above being the most noteworthy.
Despite the influx of new pop punk bands over the past few years, Such Gold manages to create their own sound in a genre where it’s hard to stand out. They’re a great band, but their style of music doesn’t translate well when writing a full length. However, that doesn’t stop Misadventures from being a fun listen; it’s just not a particularly deep album, but that’s not really the point of it anyway.