Gold – Why Aren’t You Laughing?

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label [URL] Artoffact Records
Released: 2019
Buy Album [URL] https://thebandgold.bandcamp.com/album/why-arent-you-laughing
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/thebandGOLD

Band line-up:

Milena Eva – Vocals
Thomas Sciarone – Guitar
Kamiel Top – Guitar
Jaka Bolič – Guitar
Tim Meijer – Bass
Igor Wouters – Drums

Tracklisting:

1. He is Not
2. Things I Wish I Never Knew
3. Why Aren’t You Laughing?
4. Please Tell Me You’re Not the Future
5. Taken by Storm
6. Wide-Eyed
7. Lack of Skill
8. Truly, Truly Disappointed
9. Killing at Least 13
10. Mounting into Bitterness
11. Till Death Do Us Part

Review

Being outspoken and political are two things I always look out for in all the music I consume, it’s what got me into music long ago when I heard the angry shouts of many amazing Punk bands who wanted change. Whilst my music palate has changed over the years, it is still great to come across a band with a very relatable agenda, and if they can deliver it in a very subtle way then that adds depth to the flavour.

Such a band I recently came across is Dutch group Gold and their fourth studio release: Why Aren’t You Laughing?

When it begins, I was heavily reminded of Siouxsie and the Banshees by vocalist Milena Eva. She channels Siouxsie’s world-famous vocal range to appeal to both the fans who want melody, and the ones who seek solace in a musician who shares their feelings.

This album details in excellent writing the anger, anxieties and frustrations held by the common person in today’s post-industrial society, particularly the title track that was released on International Women’s Day and that deals with the way women are treated today.

‘Please Tell Me You’re Not the Future’ is another piece both women and many different ethnic or social minority groups could resonate with, given the current political class who hold the most control over the world’s richest nations. The final track ‘Till Death Do Us Part’ appears also to be an ironic take on the issues of marriage and how social views on relations are perceived.

Politics aside, this is a fine mix of Gothic, Post Punk and Experimental Pop that is delivered with a strong depth and weight that will turn the heads of those into the heftier things. If you took Siouxsie and had her collaborating with Joy Division and a backing orchestra of Noise musicians, and had them performing in some of New York’s best known No Wave clubs, you would have Gold.

Overall, this album exhibits the band’s longevity and I do feel they will become very important to the experimental and Post-Punk scenes very soon with releases like this.

Review by Demitri Levantis

 

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