Launching their debut album on the same day as British pop-punk peers, Neck Deep, Bath’s Decade have delivered through ‘Good Luck’ something that instead leans far more towards the alt rock spectrum than their compadres. Indeed, remaining undoubtedly British from start-to-finish, ‘Good Luck’ marks a slight turn in direction to avoid a stagnant and short-lived future.
Though their original pop-punk beginnings are still undoubtedly present here in the likes of ‘Callous’ and ‘I Don’t Care’, what we also see here are influences of late 90s/early 00s rock, ala Hundred Reasons, Silverchair and Hell Is For Heroes.
Take the album’s opening title-track, which has an undeniable stench of Weezer all over it, and explodes into what is the setting for the remainder of the full-length. First single ‘Brainfreeze’ follows in a similar fashion, and is the most balanced blend of their pop-punk roots and alt rock futures.
Stand-out quality certainley resonates through the likes of latest promo track ‘British Weather’ and ‘Coffin’. The former has an upbeat vibe coursing through it whilst frontman Alex Sears and his emotive vocal delivery keeps the life pumping through it. The latter of the two slowly draws us in, before delving us down a rather grunge-ridden path through its verses, before shifting into a rather vibrant chorus.
What’s also worth noting is the time it has taken for this album to finally drop. Decade need commending for their patience and rewarded with a medal (or, at least a cuddle), with a good chunk of what has formed ‘Good Luck’ actually being written back in February 2012 when they released their self-titled EP. These tracks still sound vibrant and fresh, and it wouldn’t be surprising to hear that a lot of album number two has already been penned out.
Despite the time between its creation and its eventual release, ‘Good Luck’ is a record that was worth the wait. As fair as debut albums go, Decade have definitely made a great first step into the music world with a steady identity. Sticking to being brilliantly British yet exciting, like ditching that Rich Tea and substituting it with a chocolate Hobnob to dip into your tea, Decade are going to be a staple name for 2014.
Written by Zach Redrup
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