With 2015’s It’s You Gold Class conjured a gloomy yet beautiful sound. Following on from the momentum of their debut, the Melbournians have quickly cemented a reputation as an impressive live act. They may not be the only Australian band throwing back to the sound and energy of post-punk or other more subterranean influences right now, but they invoke a sense of excitement few can match. In a short amount of time the group has built a steady following both at home and abroad.
With The Drones frontman Gareth Liddiard taking on the role of producer, their second long-player Drum (due August) again sees the four attack their music with fevered intensity. Leading single Twist In The Dark cuts forth with abrasive edge. As a whole, this incendiary second recording establishes itself as no less of a potent statement than its predecessor. Playing like an underground classic, there’s no shortage of brooding turns or sepulchral atmospherics.
Live the four plays tight and fast. Delivering their recorded work with conviction, they seem intent on bringing its rhythmic character to the blistering fore. Their music jitters in a state of both agitation and high excitement. Shifting between an impassioned croon and bellowing howl, the delivery of vocalist Adam Curley provides an emotive focal point to the group’s compact sound. The icy beauty of his voice conveys potently personal, carnal and political lyrical explorations. A dark sense of gravitas leaks from seemingly anything he wraps his vocal chords around. Both onstage and through their recordings, it feels that Gold Class embody the idea that creating something the listener can dance to doesn’t necessarily come at the expense of having something to say.
Ahead of their show at Brisbane’s Black Bear Lodge, we caught up with the group to discuss working with Liddiard, politics and their forthcoming LP.
Interviewer - Riley Fitzgerald
Filmed by Will Johnstone - https://www.facebook.com/williamajohnstone/