by Tiana Feng
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Label: Blackbox Music
In Northcote Matt Goud from post-hardcore band Means, drops the noise for bright and upbeat alternative indie-pop.
You can never completely ditch your influences and you can hear that on Goud’s slightly aggressive vocal tone, the occasional fancy guitar licks and the dark atmospheric moment at the end of “Burn Right Past Them All”. The rest of the album is as positive and hook-filled as “Finding Your Own Way”, a tune about not giving up while carving your own path. “I Hope The Good Things Never Die” recruits Oliver Clements on horns. Some moments may find it hard to escape the dive into the sea of tom-heavy-“woah-oh”-filled Canadian indie rock.
Towards the end, the album has its most memorable moments like the beautiful simple “Speak Freely.” Kathryn Calder joins in on the final “Only One Who Knows My Name”, a fun and playful tune with an interesting vocal effect. Where Northcote lacks a little something, it makes up for it with 12 tunes that are sure to brighten up a gloomy day.