Review: The Gone – Self-titled

Artist: The Gone
Album: Self-titled (LISTEN)
Released: Jan. 2016
Genre: Punk/Alternative

Lancaster’s The Gone pay homage to so many of rock’s titans, past and present. Whether coming in with a hook that is reminiscent of Stone Temple Pilots, or playing a melody that recalls the Foo Fighters, their influences have a clear and defined presence in the band’s sound.

That’s what makes the band’s self-titled album so exciting.

Right away, a listener will notice the band’s influences shining through a thin, but ever-present layer of punk sensibility. They play loud and with purpose, offering ten energetic pieces of music. A track like “Scapegoat,” a true headbanger, can set the tone for an entire live set, while “So” is punk with a dash of grunge that would light up CBGB in its heyday.

The album’s closing track, “Worlds End,” is perhaps the album’s highlight. The track features blistering guitar work and gunshot sound effects that make its texture as chaotic as its title suggests. For sure, The Gone should employ “Worlds End” at the conclusion of each of its sets. I can’t imagine a better way to leave each night with a bang.

Track listing:
Down in the Garden
Hit the Wall
Always the Same
Change Your Mind
Middle of Life
You’re Scared
The Road to Hate
Worlds End

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