In nearly every album made, there are moments of silence. Whether its in between the verses or the songs themselves, these little nuggets give the listener time to absorb and process what theyve just heard. Gold-Bears apparently have no interest in such concepts since their debut, Are You Falling In Love?, doesnt let up for a second. Constant noise streams through the speakers for all of 33 minutes. If that wasnt bad enough, none of these fuzzy punk songs have any distinguishing qualities. They all fall under a wall of noise.
Record Store opens the album, letting some interesting characteristics seep through. Slamming drum beats introduce an acoustically-charged riff in the forefront, naturally behind a wall of heavy distortion. Soon enough, though, the reverb overtakes all, creating a headache-inducing din. Get used to this sound. Its the primary rhythm in the LP. East Station Attendant, Totally Called It, and In This City, Im Invincible dont need describing. Theyre exactly like the first song, only without the decent acoustics from before.
If you manage to get far enough into the record without a migraine, your reward is the slowed-down Besides You. For one, there’s no reverb, so that warrants some rejoicing in itself. Instead, were given a plucked-out, repeating melody thats clear, sharp, and a much-needed contrast. The vocals are still a little distant, but they have an otherworldly vibe when accompanied by wordless oohs in the background.
Unfortunately, Besides You is the only song really worth mentioning. Everything else is so awash in a wall of buzzing noises, youd think you were at the World Cup and surrounded by vuvuzelas. Its incredibly distracting and doesnt offer anything new. Judging from where they’re at here, Gold-Bears will need to fix up their formula if they want anyone to answer Yes about them in regards to the album title. Falling in love? Far from it.