Sleave is a pop-punk and rock band that has worked together for months on creating an all original album titled Gold EP. The band worked long hours, meeting after work and whenever possible to work on their sound and crafting this loud, in-your-face piece of art.
The first track of the album “Shell” lays down the law immediately. You can feel and hear the pop-punk sound as soon as the first note drops. The album and song start out with a fun introduction, a sole speaker dropping an announcement. It’s all calm and straightforward, until the reverb from the guitar slowly sneaks in. All of a sudden, the guitar comes in full blast and you are blown back in your seat for a loud, pop-punk experience.
The vocalist and his lyrics are aggressive, in-your-face and yelled throughout the album. The guitars are very fast paced, in the traditional pop-punk style, and are clearly a staple of the Gold EP. The songs are quick, powerful and emotional and it’s easy to see the artists use their music as a means of self expression.
The track “Ragdoll” has very intense lyrics with a deep voice and they are often yelled towards the listeners. The music is still fast-paced in this one, and very loud. It is all culminated with an even more intense and heavy guitar solo at the end of the track. If you are into loud, aggressive, and very fast-paced music then you will absolutely love this song.
Things do slow down a bit with the song “Gold” as it has a calm and slow introduction that seeps in quietly. There’s a pause after a couple seconds though, and things completely quiet down. Then, all of a sudden, all the other instruments also kick in together. The music gets loud again, and returns to the in-your-face sound. The drums are the highlight of this track, banging away and leading the march with a clean and loud sound. This is one of the longer tracks as it journeys the listener through different sounds and rhythms, ending with a cool guitar solo that’s dragged out for a few seconds with a cool sounding reverb.
All-in-all Gold EP is packed with interesting, loud sounds. The band is capable of sticking to their pop-punk roots while introducing a plethora of unique sounds. The introduction to “No Home,” for example, features an alarm-like sample that gives the song and album a lot of character. This album is sure to wake you up and make you alert! The guitars, drums,and bass have a heavy sound that’ll have you head banging away the entire time.
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