The record beams through a hardcore punk lens.
Label: Dropping Bags Records
Released: 6th July 2018
‘A Pathetic Youth’ is the vicious debut from punk trio Gloo. Every track is under four minutes long, but these brief encounters aren’t rushed or forgettable, they are moments that fill you with an infectious fervour for the duration that they’re around.
From the offset, Gloo blast you with the certified beer-raising banger of ‘Holiday’, that delves into the stomping ‘No Shit Sally’ that recalls Slaves’ debut but with the guttural hardcore turned up a notch.
While the record is full of raging anthems, the dusting of pop sensibilities on ‘Let Me Have Some’ and sure-fire crowd pleaser ‘Pissheads’ are less explicitly punk and hardcore but feel more concerned with having a fucking good time.
It’s not all brazen attitude either, ‘Say Yes’ is a more uplifting effort that shows a more solicitous side of the band; "Say what you want to say / Be who you want to be," sings vocalist Tom.
Gloo have executed a monstrous debut that was intended to make a statement, and will only thrive from here on. With no dull moments, the record beams through a hardcore punk lens, letting nothing stop its path. Jasleen Dhindsa