From fasterlouder.com - "In just eight hours, Gooch Palms managed to create something truly special with the one guitar, two voices, one floor tom and one snare drum. That’s it. The band exercises clever use of scarce instrumentation, but the record also features a definite update in fidelity since their first two EP releases – the tape hiss that made R U 4 Sirius feel so claustrophobic is almost entirely absent. Most importantly, NOVO’s steps up their sound without falling into the trap of adding unnecessary noise – a bass into the mix, an expanded palette of guitar sounds, or the dreaded string section. Instrumentally, it’s the exact same deal as before, and it’s a good thing.
Leroy McQueen and Kat Friend have created an album that fully encapsulates the band’s sense of fun and spontaneity in 30 short minutes, without compromising on anything that made their previous work so much fun. The album also features some more developed song writing in the form of centrepiece ‘You’, a tender number that spans emotional territory unseen by the band in previous efforts. It’s strange to think that Leroy will probably play this one in the nude.
While there’s certainly no shortage of local garage punk on the market at the moment, Gooch Palms possess a charm and honesty that their peers often can’t emulate. The band may lament punters’ general attitudes toward playing in their home town on opener ‘We Get By’ (“Oh no, we don’t see the point”) but NOVO’s should see them scoring them well-deserved acclaim wherever they go.