Formed in Rochester, New York, in 2009, Such Gold have been taking their brash style of punk rock around the world for a decade. Powered by sheer determination and vehemence alone – it was time for a UK trip.
This UK run has featured some of the nation’s most ingenious venues and tonight we’re in Brighton’s Komedia, perched above a cinema and a Gourmet Burger Kitchen. This is the sort of space that’s invaluable in a city whose most beloved venues have recently turned their lights off forever.
It’s important because it means that artists like Koji can bring his spiritual and liberal music all the way from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to a country that needs to hear it almost as much as his own does.
As he takes to the stage it’s obvious that the rest of tonight’s bands deeply admire Koji. Ducking Punches and Such Gold both take the opportunity in their own sets to show their love for him and the crowd spend most of his set shouting out memories from past Koji gigs.
Norwich’s Ducking Punches continue the thoughtful approach with songs about mental health and a particularly poignant track addressing the tragic suicide of a close friend.
Where possible music should always be used to discuss the topics that impact its core demographic the most. Male suicide is certainly at the top of that list and Ducking Punches deserve commendation for facing it head on in such a vulnerable and impactful way.
As Such Gold start to set up they look entirely laid back, taking their time with beers to hand, kicking off the banter on and off the stage. All of a sudden it’s time to kick off and EVERYTHING changes.
Such Gold play all things at 100mph and never any slower. They blast through their set at a nerve-racking rate only slowing down to be hilarious in between tracks before launching into another classically punk rock record.
Vocalist Ben Kotin does, however, take pause for thought, opening up about a particularly difficult situation at home and passes comment that this tour has helped give distance from it, both physically and mentally.
There was a purpose to this tour as well as a message from each band that played on it. It’s heart-warming to see music used for it’s most glorious purpose.