‘Drum’ by Gold Class (Album)
Australian punk four-piece bring the world their record of defiance, written from a vulnerable place, lost in a dark world
Like many songs and albums, Drum, the new album from Gold Class, started after a breakup. That event made singer Adam Curley want to tackle the negative events going on in the world, whether it was war on a world level, or a suicide on a local one.
The result is a love letter to anyone that can’t fit in, or doesn’t want to. Most people have felt like that at some stage, so many will feel a connection with the album, especially songs Get Yours, Bully and Thinking Of Strangers.
The songs are bass-heavy, with the instrument taking a lead role at times, but there is an element of restraint in the songwriting. Considering the reasons for writing the album, it would’ve been easy to come out swinging with fast guitars and indecipherable lyrics, but the guitars are controlled, while the lyrics are clear.
The latter is an important factor. It is necessary for the listener to be able to hear the words because it helps to convey the message that the world needs to change.
Even if Curley had remained silent over the album’s origins, his distress and possible depressive state would be clear. However, the whole record lacks energy, making the songs more post-punk then punk. But let’s not get hung up on placing music in boxes – that’s all very tedious.
In short, many people will like the album, some might even love it. A lot of people will dislike it, but the majority will understand its sentiment. So, like always, decide for yourselves.
Verdict: A fair reflection of the world today