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The Gospel Youth
Release Date: July 14, 2017
Hailing from the UK, The Gospel Youth have been releasing music for the last few years in the form of EP’s and singles. Always Lose is their debut for Rise Records (a label you should definitely be paying attention to if you aren’t already). The band has been serving time on Warped Tour this summer and their passionate take on Pop Punk is most assuredly something you want to hear.
The word that best describes this album best is “powerful.” The band are pretty straightforward with their anthemic guitars, soaring vocals, and Pop Punk-tinged rhythm section. These guys have a really nice combination going on in my opinion. The music sounds fresh, yet slightly familiar, and the vocals are clean and passionate. In some ways, Always Lose reminds me of bands like The Maine, Jon Bunch era Further Seems Forever at times, and Fall Out Boy as it delivers anthem after anthem in a way that is easy to connect with emotionally.
The album’s opener, “I Will Deliver You to the Fireflies” is my favorite track, hands down. It’s got a gentle sway as the vocals and piano carry it into the anthemic ocean it eventually becomes. It’s almost got an Emo feel about it… and I mean that in the best possible way. “Your Love Was a Cancer” and “Gin & Black Coffee” are a bit more aggressive and have a much more recognizable Pop Punk influence. They are great songs to drive down the interstate blasting on a sunny day with the windows rolled down. They just feel like summer. The album’s lead single “Kids” is a highlight as well, partially hearkening back to 80’s Pop Rock with its big choruses and driving backbeat.
I really dig this album. I don’t listen to a ton of stuff in this vein, but, for me, this feels like something fresh. I’m a sucker for anthems and The Gospel Youth has them in spades. It’s powerful and contemplative and extremely intricate. Always Lose is the kind of album that you can put on ‘repeat’ and never get tired of.
Reviewed by mark1340