I mentioned the new line-up and I’ll quickly touch on that before we begin, founding member John Feldman remains on vocals but here he’s joined not only by Mike Herrera of MXPX, but also Travis Barker of BLINK 182…so to some degree we’re now dealing with a punk supergroup…which is pretty cool, so we press play with plenty of anticipation and we’re greeted with opening track “A Million Miles”. To be fair you can’t really say anything overly negative about this; it’s got everything you’d want or expect really…it’s lively, typically up-tempo ska-infused melodic pop-punk. It’s got the gang vocals, it’s pretty much by numbers but, being the first track in nine years, it’s forgivable…ease in as such, so it’s a decent start. “Get What I Need” and “Don’t Let Me Go” especially ramp up the ska content, you’ve got the trumpets and occasional subtle steel drums contributing their own flavour, the latter having hints of THE POLICE layered within it and a genuinely enjoyable brass solo, so it’s all really easy listening.
Further highlights include “See You Around” which features Travis’ Blink buddy Mark Hoppus providing guest vocals, distinctive as he is, he never disappoints, it’s just a shame Matt Skiba isn’t here too, as it’s a genuinely pleasant track, nothing special, just, nice, while “Am I Deaf” offers us probably the albums grittiest track, more punk driven and aimed at the current music scene; the state in which Goldfinger have found it in coming back from their hiatus, joking that they feel old, everything’s changed, a tongue in cheek poke at the industry which is always fun. There is one track I’ll point out however…”Orthodontist Girl”…it’s a touch weird, I mean, cute love songs about having a crush are all well and good, but, this one’s just…weird. Getting turned on by her sterile rubber gloved fingers in your mouth while she does her dentistry is…an odd fetish let’s be honest. I mean, there is NOTHING remotely sexy about dentistry…drilling here, injecting there, tugging here, and filling there…actually OK yeah I can see that it’s really quite homoerotic…lovely. I’ve lost focus…anyway, to summarise, while there will be fans very happy to have Goldfinger back, especially in this new supergroup format, I guess musically there’s only so much you can do with ska-punk. It’s not bad, far from, but it’s not entirely memorable either. Now, if you’ll excuse me…I’m going to phone my dentist…