The 1970s. A time when Rock and Roll in its finest form was beginning to cut its teeth. This decade would produce some of the most highly regarded rock bands, musicians and albums. There was just something about that sound and production quality that have been unmatched since.... That is until now.
The Golden Ones open up a time capsule with their newly released EP “Hot Lunch”. They perfectly recreate the most vibrant period of rock and roll without coming off as a knockoff of any particular act. It’s almost as if they cherry picked the favorite things about all those great bands and mixed them all together to create a fantastic product.
The rhythm guitar plays catchy and recognizable riffs to really set the tone of each song while the lead guitar compliments it well by adding unique layers in the riffs. And when lead guitarist Sean Fisher is finally let loose he makes the most of it. The guitar work is something of a mix of Led Zeppelin, The Outlaws and KISS. Simple enough in some areas to keep the attention of the casual listener yet complex enough at its finest to pique the interest of even the most veteran guitarist. The effects picked for each track on the guitars are masterfully done as well.
Sarah Dickenson’s vocal work is magnificent on this EP as well. While she often stays somewhere in the mezzo-soprano range, she still displays the ability to touch on the contralto notes. Her vocals are comparable to Lita Ford, Joan Jett and Sandy West (oddly enough, all members at one point of The Runaways). Her on-stage energy she displays is not lost on this album either as you can clearly imagine her running around the stage singing this as you listen. I’m not sure who wrote the lyrics for this album, but Sarah clearly sings them with passion.
And as for the heartbeat of each song, bassist Jesse Frick and drummer Jay Sullivan hold the pocket down superbly during the duration of the album. Jesse is no slouch on the bass and you can clearly hear him (thanks Sean Fisher for not mixing out the bass on an album!) playing that fuzzed out bass guitar and adding in some nice build ups and break downs along the way. Jay’s drum work is a perfect example of the “keep it simple stupid” mentality most drummers are taught from the beginning, but the flare he includes with his rolls and fills are an excellent touch. As the truly driving force behind the music, these two took the wheel and steered each track in the exact right direction.
From beginning to end, this album is like putting on an old vinyl and just rocking out like (for most of us) our parents did. But it’s also a breath of fresh air for the genre that doesn’t feel played out at all. I’d highly recommend this album and going to see Golden Ones live! I look forward to what Golden Ones bring us in the future.
Go to http://goldenones.bandcamp.com to get your copy now!