It’s been a long time coming but finally the debut album from The Gospel Youth is here. It’s personal, kicks you right in the feelings and is everything you’d expect from the band and more.
Full of emotion both lyrically and musically, Always Lose is an album with no holds barred. From the get go of opening track I Will Deliver You To The Fireflies, it grabs you. You feel yourself instantly being drawn in by those powerful clean vocals and the rawness of the emotion.
Talking about the album, Sam says “Music for us has always given us hope and shown us how you’re never alone in what you’re going through and Always Lose is our story of the ups and downs that life throws at you and how despite everything, there’s always light after the darkness.” The album has this relateable theme running throughout; an element of the bands music which fans have clung on to and has driven much of their success.
Tired Eyes & Heavy Hearts and Revolutions are two tracks that standout in this way; having a real anthemic feel to them and that emotional driving force is perfectly matched to this big sound. It’s that fist in the air, shouting the words at the top of your lungs sound.
The Gospel Youth‘s ability to be so understated yet so full of feeling and clever lyrics is their winning charm. They don’t try to hard, or appear to do so, and that natural and raw element of their music is something pretty special. They’re that kind of band who are on peoples radars, but this debut album could be the thing that kicks them right into view.
Kids is easily one of the highlight tracks on the album. It’s catchy lyrics and bouncy rock melody, with of course an underlying emo vibe, are just a real treat. As with many tracks on the album, it is one of those that will get many people right where it hurts the most. When the band tour the album, it’ll be one emo filled evening.
Bloodlines Love Stopped Me Coming Home is the perfect closer to Always Lose. A little bit loud & a little bit emo; and who doesn’t love that?
The band have done a great job and surely have only bigger things on the horizon.