"Steal The Scene"
Genres: singer / songwriter, space folk
Jun 23 - 29 2003
Gold's very promising Apex Matter, I was expecting quite a
bit from Steal The Scene. But it turned out that Evan's
new work isn't nearly as inspired as that on his first EP.
Gold has described his music as worthy of an entirely new
genre, "Punk-Folk Nouveau." How presumptuous.
Despite listing countless famous musicians as his influences, Gold's
songs still lack enough catchiness and listenability to please most
listeners. Tracks like "The Sons Of Consequences" and
"71 Blue Morning" are remotely space-folk-esque, except too
shouty and verbose, with the vocals sounding as if they're beating
away the instrumentation, depleting any sense of
Meanwhile, Gold's songwriting isn't bad at all. It's
clear that in future recordings, Evan may want to make his
singing a bit quieter and sparser to allow the other instruments some
room to add melody and tune to the mix. Every once in awhile,
like in parts of "November Ever," we can see that Gold
can actually get something going when he's working in a more minimal
All in all, this EP isn't worthwhile at all. Hopefully Gold
will be able to improve things for his next release.
6 songs, distributed by the
artist, released 2003]