Who’da thunk that the future of alt.prog could a) lie in the mitts of a band from Watford and b) come from former members/affiliates of punk snarlers gallows (with a little help from sikth)? Well, hello to four-piece gold key, who’ve swapped the throat-shredding fury of former days in favour of impassioned, melodic swagger that borrows fulsomely from radiohead and muse, with no small measure of mansun.
it’s a mix that’s evocative but instantly grabbable, vocalist stephen sears’s empyrean reach part electric goat, part Paul Draper howl, and former gallows man laurent Barnard laying shimmering guitar lines over darkly psychedelic rock, such as the Bond thematic sneaker and
The shape. There’s a gutsier groove to singalongs creep in slowly and circle
The moon and straighter rock rambunctiousness to kerosene and
mess, but there’s always something subversive simmering away, such as the textured, techno glitch on explode or the mandolin arpeggio on Falling Through
The middle. overall, Hello Phantom is worth a proggy punt.
Gold Key: impassioned, melodic swagger.