Hardcore bands are rarely praised for their range. Albums in the genre are usually a chore to listen to as the songs begin to blend together into one barrage of noise and fury. Some bands even forgo the album format altogether — opting for split EPs, promo tapes and live shows. With Burnt Sugar, Gouge Away proves that there’s still room to grow within the hardcore punk soundscape.
Gouge Away’s focus on writing damaging but weirdly poppy riffs makes them an unlikely major label crossover. Raw vocals, punishing percussions and a healthy admiration for pop songwriting make for a killer second record by this young Fort Lauderdale band.
Cole Chretien / Culture Editor