【review/rate】goth dad / fade ep

released 2018, 735654 records dk.

Last weekend, I decided to kick off my year of shows with a stacked bill of local texas groups (Houston’s Small Chair & Astragal, both faves of mine, and San Antonio’s Vonna, who are also brilliant), and the only band I wasn’t familiar with prior to was Mississippi’s Goth Dad.  A five man unit whose sound is a bricolage of indies and guitarpop sounds,  it was very easy for me to get into their set, and I added their latest EP to my library that night.

Released right at the year’s end, the “Fade” EP consists of four tracks that all have individual strengths.  Opener “Fade” is the most wistful and lovely of the tracklist, its guitars floating as if on another astral plane, its synths twinkling and fluttering like a heart in love.  (This song also sounded brilliant live!)

“Sideways” in particular is as strong of a single contender as “Fade” was, with its divine production and even more of that lovely synth in the chorus (there are certain sounds that i’m a complete sucker for, and goth dad make it very easy for me to love them on this release).

“On and Off” and “Blackout” weren’t as instantly accessible for me, but i’m sure given a little more time I’ll grow to love them.  I did enjoy the sound, but I think their choruses didn’t appeal to me that much for me to go back and listen again, whereas I’ve had “Fade” and “Sideways” on repeat most of today!

I think Goth Dad have their sound and direction on point, and this EP is a wonderful starting point if you are new to them like myself, I know it’s going to be a lot of fun checking out their backlog.  The band is currently touring the south side of the country, make sure and check them out, because I’m glad I did.

  1. Fade ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. On and Off ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Sideways ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. Blackout ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Must-Listen : Sideways, Fade
Skip : None (This is a four track EP, just listen to the whole thing, it’s not hard!)

Stream the “Fade EP” on Apple Music and Spotify.
Purchase or Stream the “Fade EP” on Bandcamp.


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