Garlands are a pop punk trio from Glasgow made up of Gordon Harrow on Guitar/Vocals, Darren Mackay on Bass and Ross Carey on Drums. I’ll be reviewing their latest EP ‘Golden Sounds; which was released on April 14th 2018.
‘Golden Sounds’ opens with a nice fasted paced electric guitar, backed up by some decisive percussion from the drummer. And joining in are some top notch vocals from Gordon Harrow whose voice fits perfectly with the tone of the music, and even though he’s not particularly projecting loudly he isn’t fighting to be heard, in fact both the instruments and the singer find a great balance. I like this song, and it does what the title track of an EP or an album should do and entices you to listen to the rest of the tracks.
‘Wake Up’ is a little slower than than the last track, but it’s by no means slow or quiet, it has a nice drive to the song, and by the end of it you certainly aren’t sleeping.
‘Don’t Do Me Wrong’ is a little more upbeat than the last track, at least to my ears and it certainly got me moving. I really liked the hook for this song, it’s just a really catchy song overall and its another vocal triumph for Gordon Harrow.
‘Bingo Drag Queen’ has another really nice intro, somewhere between upbeat and almost melancholic, but of the four tracks on this EP this one got stuck in my head the most, so people have been giving me weird glances for singing the words ‘Bingo Drag Queen’ on the bus, but that’s just me. Overall it’s a really tight track with some excellent guitar playing that really tied it all together.
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