From the ashes of bands form other bands. This is a familiar case in rock and happens to be how Bones Of Gold formed. Singer-songwriter Matt Cayless was playing with a grunge band called New Sun Blues but it wasn't till he started jamming with Jake Archer and Milo Glazier that Bones of Gold formed. The group starting making music in 2013 and have already released a four-song EP entitled Home.
The EP is an eclectic blend of rock that has shades of everything from Blind Melon to The Dave Matthews Band to Soundgarden. As of right now it doesn't feel that the band has committed to a particular sound or found one that defines them. Home won’t pigeonhole the band either. What you have here are four solid songs displaying the basic chemistry and innate talent of the band.
Home begins with arguably the highlight of the four “Blue Sky.” It’s a pop/rock tune that revolves around acoustic guitar, orchestral strings, bass and vocals. The song is atmospheric and grandiose and reaches higher and higher as it progresses. Cayless’ vocals are covered in a healthy amount of reverb as he sings passionately. He sounds a bit similar to Ed Kowalczyk and a third cousin to Eddie Vedder. Interestingly enough the song doesn't have much of a hook. No catchy chorus instead Cayless “oooohhh’s” and “yyyeeaahhh’s” throughout a majority of the song.
“Once Again” is the hardest, heaviest rocking track on the EP. The band rocks out on a riff that sounds similar to one in “Spoonman” by Soundgarden. They sound good but it was quite a departure from the first track. “Oceans Apart” reverts to acoustic guitar and also embraces a festive vibe while the closer “ Home” is a slow, melancholy rocker that displays an exceptional vocal performance.
Home is a great sounding EP, which unequivocally has some solid songs. The band seems to be off to a good start and I am looking forward to seeing how they refine and define their sound on a full length.
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