7″ splits are an important part of the pop punk genre. These short and sweet records allow friends in the genre to show their fans a band that they love and enjoy. Being two of the fresher up-and-coming bands in the genre, Such Gold and A Loss For Words were a wise pair to put out the next great pop punk split. This split shows Such Gold coming into their own and maturing while it also proves why A Loss For Words’ recent release No Sanctuary wasn’t a fluke.
Side A of the split belongs to Such Gold with two brand new songs titled “Scoreboard” and “Backyard.” Both of these tracks are a little different from the band’s previous EPs, but still maintain the same energy of those releases. “Scoreboard” has a slow strum that introduces the track and falls straight into a riff that sounds a little out of place in a Such Gold song, but once Ben Kotin’s surprisingly reserved vocals jump in, everything starts to make a little more sense. This track proves that the band is a lot more than furious punk tracks as the perfect balance of reservation and haste is displayed. “Backyard” on the other hand resembles the Such Gold of old a little more, but somehow manages to make them sound more grown up and poised than ever. The riffs of Skylar Sarkis and Devon Hubbard are a joy to hear and the shouts of “This backyard isn’t mine/This backyard isn’t mine/This isn’t my backyard anymore/Anymore” create a classic pop punk vibe to the track.
Such Gold’s good momentum isn’t diminished when this 7″ is flipped over. The bouncy riff that opens “America Needs A New Sweetheart” gives the listener a preview of what is to come and once Matt Arsenault’s smooth vocals take control of the song, A Loss For Words show what they are all about. Continuing what was so phenomenal about No Sanctuary, this track has everything people love about the band: a huge chorus, punchy guitars and of course Arsenault’s magnificent pipes.
While “America Needs A New Sweetheart” brings the pop, “Thomas Vs. Luongo” opens a little quicker, but still maintains a catchy beat and fun chorus. The guitar work of Nevada Smith and Marc Dangora is as enjoyable as ever and once again Arsenault’s voice proves to be the shining element of A Loss For Words.
Even if this split adds nothing groundbreaking to the scene, it is always a treat to hear two great up-and-coming pop punk bands enjoying making music for the fans. And the tunes aren’t half bad either.