A couple weeks ago, I headed out to Philly dive bar Kung Fu Necktie in order to catch one of my favorite bands around these days, New Orleans PEARS. The place had a decently sized small crowd considering it was a Thursday night and the past few times I’ve seen PEARS it seemed most didn’t know who they were, I got there a few songs in Such Gold’s set.
I haven’t really heard these Rochester, NY dudes before, but they clearly have a strong following. It seemed more people knew who they were than PEARS, and had people dancing and singing throughout their set.
Such Gold played a style of music that any fan of the pop-punk would appreciate. Reminding me of a mix of newer pop-punk bands such as Handguns or Transit and mixing it with more melodic hardcore like A Wilhelm Scream and Lifetime, these guys played a pretty energetic set.
I couldn’t tell you what songs they played or anything as I’m not too familar with them, but if you dig your melodic hardcore closer to the pop-punk side of the spectrum, check them out.
Ever since I first heard PEARS last year, I’ve played their album “Go To Prison” nonstop. They’ve become one of my favorite bands with their energetic live shows, seamlessly blending elements of thrash, pop-punk, hardcore, and everything in between.
Touring to support their recently released sophomore album “Green Star”, (which I’ve been meaning to post a write-up about but have been busy as shit… but spoiler: I’ve been listening to it daily since it came out), PEARS took the stage and ripped into “Forever Sad”. Energetic as always, singer Zach was all over the stage and jumping into the crowd even with his shattered hand (which he broke earlier on an Australian tour when he jump punched the floor). With a handful of us dancing and singing along, PEARS ripped through their short set consisting of a decent mix of both albums.
One of the best bands around today in general, if PEARS comes through your area, do yourself a favor and go check them out. Both of the albums are amazing, as is the 7-inch they have out (which consists of the original versions of Snowflake and Anhedonia) and they absolutely kill it live.
Setlist (from what i remember, not in order)
Hinged By Spine
I Love My Kennel
Victim To Be