Published Sep 22, 2015Victoria's Matt Goud is set to deliver his latest LP as Northcote later this week with Hope Is Made of Steel. Before the record is officially out, though, Exclaim! is streaming it in its entirety.
The new album hears Goud reconciling his punk rock past with the folksier feeling of his sophomore Gather No Dust and self-titled followup solo effort. The new material particularly draws inspiration from Americana-tinged alt-rock — a sound that's channelled in the gritty, twangy stomp of songs like "Small Town Dreams," "You Could Never Let Me Down" and closer "Your Rock and Roll."
Guests like Chuck Ragan ("This Is Our Time"), Dave Hause ("Stronger Than You Know") and Hannah Georgas ("Hope Is Made of Steel") appear throughout the 10-song offering, adding some extra intrigue to the set of simple, straightforward rock'n'roll tunes.
Hope Is Made of Steel is out on September 25 via Black Box. Give it an early listen right now in the player below.
Northcote also has a long string of Canadian dates coming up, and you can see all those here.