Ladies and Gentlemen please welcome 'Salem - The Church Of Salem' a four piece Goth/Punk band Fronted by Creeper singer Will Gould, Salem appeared out of thin air last month with debut single ‘Destroy Me’ a fast beat and an infectious chorus and a goth-pop anthem was born.
Fast forward a month and the debut EP became one of the most hotly anticipated releases of the year and it has not only lived up to the hype but surpassed it quite dramatically, this is an EP full of energy, power and slick musicianship plus incredible vocals Will has become synonymous with.
As the EP starts with ‘Fall Out Of Love’ Will gently croons the albums intro before the guitars and drums thrash into life and a great punk song kicks in, lyrically smart and extremely catchy the EP opener is going to be a massive hit.
This song successfully show cases Salem’s range, there is a perfect juxtaposition between the heavier moments and the slower takes in this song and the woahs are always welcome in a punk song.
We move forward to the aforementioned single ‘Destroy Me’ not much to add other than within EP context this song reveals even more layers and slots in beautifully as track 2. It is hard not to think about packed tents at Download or full rooms at o2 academies singing the lyrics at the top of their lungs; it really is an instant classic and a fan favourite for years to come.
Next is my personal low point, I didn’t manage to connect with ‘Throat’ at all, however I can definitely see it being a favourite for a lot of fans.
There’s nothing wrong with the song, it has catchy lyrics, it is a bit slower than the other songs, but not so slow as to call it a ballad, it’s emo, its memorable, but for me it’s a touch repetitive, but I’m hoping it grows on me.
Eyesore next, this is a contender for my track of the EP, this is a classic set up for a massive hit, clever verses and a massive chorus.
There’s just something very special about this song, boasting lyrics such as ‘Love hurts, but you look so fine Girl, punch mе in the face, let mе feel your skin on mine’ and ‘And she said, ”Boy you look like death but healthy guys are such an eyesore.’ These emotive powerful lyrics hark to a mature experienced level of song writing and add so much to themes of gothic love that drip over this EP.
You can have too much of a good thing and at 2:58 it’s also the perfect punk rock song length, it has clear Alkaline Trio influences in both content and structure here, and you’ll hear no complaints about that from me.
The EP ends on fast paced ‘Doomed (for each other)’ this is a possible future show opener, it sounds like one, enough energy throughout to get a crowd pumped up.
Full of clever lyrics again, this song might’ve been better placed elsewhere on the EP as it seems a strange choice of closer, a slightly different track order would elevate both this track and potentially throat as well, but I’m nit-picking slightly, it is a very solid goth punk song. In conclusion, there is only one thing to say, WOW.
Salem are already playing at an extremely high level, this EP is an instant classic, I can’t wait to see where they go next!
Check out the EP on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/album/7oiCbdoGYOiO9KSOplsCej...
- - Review By Djamel Makhlouf.
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