NHC MUSIC have been watching, and listening to the sounds of Gordon's Alive for as long as we have been an organisation, and the guys have always put on a great live show. This is the first time our gonzo man has gotten a hold of their sounds though, and it is always good to get our resident punk genius reviewing something out of his normal comfort zone. Check out what Chris thought of the new release below;
Gordon’s Alive have cut their teeth plenty doing the live circuit, mastering covers of everything from Led Zeppelin to Lipps Inc.. But they are not without their original material, releasing a debut album ‘Strange Days’ back in 2011. And with the line up now comprising of Paul Murray, Jonny Penman and Tony McAuley, they bring us a new EP in the form of ‘All These Days’.
The title track has a sort of classic rock/Thin Lizzy vibe. The vocals are soaring and the guitars are chopping out rhythms which offer fast-paced rock & roll and skilful solos. It’s a throwback to the seventies’ vibes of harmonious power-chord love songs with a gilded rock edge. Kind of seems like an anachronism in 2017, but there’s still a huge market among rockers and glam-punks.
‘Love or Pride’ next, and the album definitely has a driving-along-at-midnight with the stereo loud kind of vibe. I could see my mum rocking out to it in her car the way she rocks out to Thunder and Magnum, and that’s not a diss, my mum is a cool old rocker, and that is two bands Gordon’s Alive very much put me in mind of. I’m a punk so I can’t completely get round it, but it would certainly appeal to a certain target audience.
‘Bleed With Me’ picks up the pace with a slam dunk of an intro provided by snarling, ululating guitars and lashing, palpitating drums overlaid with apocalyptic lyrics. Probably as dark as you’ll get on here, dripping with blood and ice. A war cry of sorts with this track, the guitar is wielded like a flaming broadsword masterfully and that stands out right through the EP.
I was wrong, it did get darker, but also groovier, a spectacular clash of heavy rock with funk and blues lyrics for ‘Hell To Pay’. The signature skilled guitar solo crowns the track once again like a ringlet of silver placed on the head of an ancient king.