• Charlotte Hardman

'At Long Last' - Gold Bloom / Turned Up Louder

Pop punk may have arguably reached its peak in the early 2000s when the likes of Blink 182 and Green Day dominated the scene, however recent years have seen the genre’s resurgence kick in in earnest, and perhaps nowhere more so than the North West of the UK. Revival pioneers Neck Deep hail from Wrexham, while nearby Liverpool has given us the likes of the fast-expanding WSTR; Homebound; and more recently, bands such as Decay, who have been packing out underground venues and basements across the city. Yet another young talent to be added to that list are Scouse quintet Gold Bloom, whose debut EP ‘At Long Last’ represents a band taking their first big plunge into a packed-out scene that contains a practical maelstrom of talent. Full of infectious guitar lines, and with vocals that echo most closely those of Real Friends’ vocalist Dan Lambton, this is a sure-fire staple for any pop punk kid’s summer song melting pot.

Opener ‘A Damned Shame’ bolts out of the gate with an instantly lively chorale that begs you to get your po-go on! Hi-fi guitars burst into a bright, summery lead line, overlaid with lilting vocals affected with that classic new-wave pop punk inflection. Drums pulse at the centre of it all, allowing the fizzing bassline to skip and float around it, imbibing the whole track with an infectiously playful energy. The trend of utterly rambunctious guitar lines continues into ‘Collateral Damage & How to Fix It’: as the bassline kicks and rolls with the thumping of the drums, you’ll find your head bopping almost involuntarily, making this track an instant fit for any summer party playlist! The strains of warm guitar break through like sunlight as the pace drops a fraction with the introduction of ‘I Hate the Sea & Everything in It’, before the soaring upswing in the vocals signals the introduction of the chorus that comes breaking in like a wave. Bittersweet in nature, the song’s real highpoint comes from the guitar tone marrying beautifully with the melancholy fringe of the bass tone, highlighting the layer of palpable emotion buried in the strained edges of the vocals. ‘Ah, My Bad’ follows in quick succession, bounding and rippling along, entirely light and unencumbered. Though the crashing drums drive the melody onwards, and the stereo-effect guitars in the bridge add small moments of intrigue, this is one track that may benefit from a little more zest to really kick it into gear. Opening at the close, lead single ‘Crosshairs’ rounds out this short-but-sweet offering. The deeper bass tone draws out the track’s layers, allowing room to showcase the undulating melody that swells and trickles away at something close to light speed! Again, it is the drums that provide that relentlessly joyous pace, meaning that while at times the vocals get buried in amongst the pirouetting melody lines, that perfect shout-along chorus makes this a sure-fire hit at live shows!

Upon reflection, ‘At Long Last’ is a thoroughly solid debut for this emerging young band. Packed full of upbeat rhythms and carefree choruses, Gold Bloom are certainly packing the points for nomenclature, as their potential to ascend through this rapidly expanding scene is evident. While this EP being classed as ground-breaking may be a tough point to argue, for those who cannot get enough of this ever-growing collection of budding pop punk bands, here is another one to add to your arsenal!

'At Long Last' is out now as a self-release.

Check out the video for lead single 'Crosshairs' below:

Gold Bloom will be supporting Woes at their show at Liverpool's Zanzibar in July- full details can be found below, and tickets can be purchased here:





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