Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *
The statement is always, if it feels good then it cannot be considered bad, there are many things in this Universe that contradict this point of view, the warmth of a summer’s day might be the precursor to the snow caps melting just little faster, having a lay in on a cold winter’s Sunday morning might lead to a life time of sloth, the benefits of eating a tomato everyday could descend into the realms of a lonely steak being ignored. However, listening to Gone Savage’s Resurrection can only surely lead to good things, there is no chance that it can lead to anything but an even greater appreciation of the Rock restoration.
Chorley might find itself a part of a greater plan, its Lancashire roots deeply embedded in history and with an abundance of notable people that have placed the market town on the map in many different ways; yet for all that the Rock world hasn’t had that much to shout about, the odd dalliance aside it has arguably been left to its own devices, it has left the chore to that of its bigger neighbours.
As with all things, there is always an infinite plan, a renewal in the world constantly taking shape, shifting, bringing the best people along to fulfil the need at the right time and in Gone Savage, the wilderness years perhaps can be seen as a footnote in the history of this part of northern England.
Resurrection is a tremendously cool harbinger of smiles, the portent of what can come when a band makes waves and as they themselves ask If It Feels Good, then who are the listener’s to complain?
The band, James Marsh, James Ross and Ian Salpekar pull everything together in the E.P. the sound resonates and explodes, it catches the ear but pulls back enough to leave the taste sweet, memorable, leaving the listener wanting more, not filling out on the bread rolls of inconsistency that some tend to offer before they are ready. In the songs, If It Feels Good, Soul Sister, When The Circus Comes To Town and Love Caught Me Out the feeling is one of discovery, of fighting through the marshes that once surrounded the town and the soul and bringing a new path, a well built road for others to now cross the Rock terrain with renewed optimism.
Resurrection isn’t just for the holy, it is there for all to understand that the omens are always on the lookout for new blood; Gone Savage is indication, a well versed machine that spills that blood with honour.
Ian D. Hall