“Drum is primitive,” says the front-man for Melbourne four-piece Gold Class, Adam Curley. “It’s physical. It’s the beat of your heart. It’s immediate. It comes from the past, but it also beckons to something in the future.” Which couldn't be a better way to describe this album!
Drum came out August 18th via Remote Control and Barely Dressed and is a bold new follow up from the 2015 debut It’s You, Drum is a brasher, vivid widescreen account of a band hitting its stride while betraying the complex signs and scars of a life since lived.
“I wanted Drum to bridge the gap between being onstage making this loud, rhythmic music and just being a person in the world,” says Curley. “In life things are funny, you have crushes on people, things are stupid, you stay out all night. But you’re also part of what’s going on in the world and you have your own big struggles. I wanted to try to piece that all together.”
“We had a better sense of how we operated as four people,” says guitarist Evan Purdey. “We found we operated best having space between instruments, with peaks and valleys in the dynamic. We didn’t want to just pummel people with straight-out aggression in the set. We wanted more of an identity to each song.”
“We wanted to take a risk,” says Curley. “He was the one person everyone felt could do something interesting with the album. He was able to simultaneously push us outside our comfort zone and help us achieve what we set out to do in the first place.”
“We wanted to create a thematic flow through the record,” says Purdey, “create different tones and moods to reflect that, which we hadn’t really done before. We talked a lot about Drum being nocturnal, I remember Adam saying ‘These songs take place at night.’”
Curley can trace that motive to one song in particular. “I wanted the album to be defiant and full of skin and trouble and spit and love,” says the singer. “‘Get Yours’ was the first of the lyrics I wrote, about being down at the bottom. But even though I’m there, I still have full agency. I’m a powerful person, even when I’m down and vulnerable. That’s what I wanted – something that cuts to how you feel sometimes, full of rage and stupidity and humour. That felt honest. You never come out of something ultimately in charge or powerful. Everything is a process. Everyone is always okay and not okay, just like the world. Your place in it always needs to be renegotiated.”
Gold Class Tour Dates
Sat 26th Aug - Darwin Festival, Darwin
Sun 27th Aug - Against The Grain Festival, Brisbane
Gold Class - Drum
Twist In The Dark
Thinking Of Strangers
We Were Never Too Much
Place We Go