Ambitious, provocative and loud. Gold Key continue to impress and progress with Mechanical World.
Gold Key greet us with a riff that is just bright enough to get our heads bobbing ever so gently. When the drums begin, they tower authoritatively over this bed of fuzz and mark a statement of intent for this band’s latest venture. Add in a thick bassline and it’s all gravy. The dust settles enough for vocalist Steve Sears to croon his way through the verses. Anyone who has heard Gold Key’s well-received debut Hello, Phantom will be no stranger to the vocal stylings of Sears. However, even then, they remain curiously unfamiliar. Throughout Mechanical World you’d be hard-pressed to describe the vocals in any succinct manner. That said, they are undoubtedly impressive.
In a similar vein, the aforementioned instrumentation is unfalteringly tight for the track’s duration. Notably, the breakdown is propelled forwards by a rolling drum beat that threatens to detonate at any given point. Instead, it pauses and affords Sears with the opportunity to growl the song’s hook into the foreground. Sure enough, the remainder of the ensemble crash in tandem for one last round of the chorus and what a beast it is. The professional experience of this band is apparent from observing their individual creative repertoires – Laurent Barnard (Gallows), James Leach (Sikth) and Jack Kenny (Nervus) are all well-versed in the art of making music. This is evident with such a chorus, one that would sound at home in stadiums across the globe.
For all of its positives, it must be said that the subject matter of Mechanical World is a little unchallenging – a direct contrast to the musical capabilities that Gold Key have boasted throughout the track. We’ve heard from a fair share of artists this year that we’re addicted to technology, although admittedly, the metaphor of a “mechanical world” is a nifty bit of terminology. It’ll be interesting to see what topics Gold Key tackle next, hopefully, their lyricism will flex the same versatility that they practice in the rest of their songwriting process.
It’s a very positive notion that you can’t pin these guys down as artists – their incalculable dynamic renders them volatile in the most beautiful sense. Timid one minute and visceral the next, Mechanical World is a sonic roller-coaster that shows little sign of slowing.
Check out Mechanical World here:
13 Oct – The Cluny, Newcastle
14 Oct – Tuts, Glasgow
16 Oct – Key Club, Leeds
17 Oct – Academy 3, Manchester
18 Oct – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
19 Oct – Camden Underworld, London
21 Oct – Forty Two, Worthing