Gold Class came out of nowhere for me with their recent single ‘Life As A Gun’. Possessing a perfectly disaffected post-punk holler and tightly-wound dynamics it set the scene for a new promising act on the local Australian scene to right the balance and provide an antidote to the indie electro soul and generic radio-friendly indie pop and rock that has been polluting the airwaves in recent years. The good news is that the whole of their debut album is as invigorating and strangely alluring as the first single. They have the tension and biting, brisk melodic choppiness that made the debut Savages LP so great. Sure you can hear their influences, it’s a rarity to hear anyone new these days where you can’t draw a line back to any clear sonic precedent. Gold Class succeed because they they don’t overdo anything. Restraint is vital, that push and pull between the bass and drums, the free-agent licence for their guitarist Evan Purdey to slash and burn one minute and get drunkenly psychedelic the next. Of course Adam Curley’s voice is the gateway drug, the lighthouse beacon that pulls you into the music. It has that stentorian quality and tone that shifts the music into a place of majesty and mystery. Gold Class – It’s You… a breath of dark, visceral, claustrophobic, euphoric and poetic fresh air.
The band have a fine run of shows coming up including appearances at BIGSOUND in Brisbane next week and some opening slots for The Fall. Below those dates you can stream their album in full ahead of it’s release tomorrow via Spunk Records.
September 8 – Black Bear Lodge (Spunk / RIN Pre-BIGSOUND party) – Brisbane – free!
September 9 – BIGSOUND @ Ric’s Bar – Brisbane
September 24 – John Curtin Hotel (supporting The Garden) – Melbourne
October 20 – The Zoo (supporting The Fall) – Brisbane
October 21 – Metro Theatre (supporting The Fall) – Sydney
October 23 – Brighton Up Bar (album launch – supports TBA) – Sydney