Gordon’s Alive are a three piece rock group from the south-side of Glasgow, they’ve been together since 2009 and released their debut EP ‘Strange Days’ back in August 2011 which you can check out here on their Bandcamp if you’re interested and I suggest you do because it’s smashing. They brought in Tony McCauley on Drums back in 2015 and in June 2017 released another EP called ‘All These Days’ which I’ll be talking about shortly. As well as Tony on drums, we also have Jonny Penman on Guitars and Vox and rounding out the three piece outfit Paul Murray on Bass and Vox. Keep an eye out for an interview from Gordon’s Alive soon as well because after this review goes live I’m also hoping to chat with the boys as well so you guys can find out more about them.
‘All These Days’ is the epitome of 80/90’s rock, this is probably to specific to my experience but it reminds me of the kind of tracks you hear in games like Tony Hawk and Need for Speed, so it reminds me a lot of being a kid again. I think this is probably my favourite on the EP and I certainly listened to it for what felt like days.
‘Love or Pride’ is a little different from the track that came before it, I feel like the vocals and the singers voice get a real chance to shine in this track, this is probably my second favourite track on the EP. Before I made a point of going to listen to their stuff like I always do when I’m reviewing a band I’m sad to say I hadn’t heard of them before, and it’s tracks like this that are just resoundingly good that make me sad. I will say this I’m going to be keeping an eye out for them in the future.
‘Bleed with Me’ is the next track on the EP and it’s that little bit harder than the last track, but seriously though these guys have truly captured the essence of classic rock, I want to make it clear that it doesn’t just feel like they’ve replicated it, this feels less like an homage but more like a real and genuine rendition of a genre that’s changed a lot in the past 10 or 20 years. I still feel like this track would go great in the soundtrack to a video game, not sure what game but if I was Gordon’s Alive I’d see about putting it out there for that purpose.
‘Hell to Pay’ has that unmistakable feel of a song that’s meant to be performed live, that’s not to say it wasn’t good at home, but it has a raw energy to it that really needs a stage and maybe some beer to be appreciated to its fullest. Hell to Pay, certainly wasn’t hell to listen to and I think it was a strong closer for a strong EP.
So that’s what I thought about Gordon’s Alive’s new EP and if you want to grab a copy and decide for yourselves then visit their Itunes and if you want to keep up to date with everything going on with the band then follow then on Facebook.
First Published on: www.newhellfireclub.co.uk