9.5.13 // 9PM // 21+ w/ Valid ID
Gold Fields - LIVE
+ Rush Midnight (Russell Manning of Twin Shadow)
with Honeymooon (Ben & Aaron of Miami Horror)
James & Evander (DJ set)
"[Gold Fields] set the stage on fire with their entrancing brand of tribal dance rock -- a synthy, new wave-influenced sound that recalls fellow Aussies Cut Copy and British club kings Bloc Party" - MTV Buzzworthy
All young bands go through growing pains, and Gold Fields is no exception. It took three different tries before they made a version of their debut album, Black Sun, that met their expectations. Not that you’d ever guess that from listening to the finished product. Like their explosive live shows and the self-titled EP that preceded it last year, the Australian quintet’s debut full-length displays invention, drive, and a commitment to artistic expression that belies the group’s tender years.
Gold Fields’ lively originals teem with variegated percussion and interwoven vocals, from opener “Meet My Friends,” with its buzzing keyboards, wordless vocal hook, and an indelible chorus, to eerie closer “Anxiety,” animated by its play of elongated phrases against staccato rhythms. Though the band’s sound defies pigeonholing, and each song boasts a distinctive identity, a musical through-line unifies the album’s eleven originals: by juxtaposing light and darkness, Gold Fields imbues even its most ebullient performances with melancholy—and vice-versa.
Gold Fields has already played major festivals throughout Australia, supported Crystal Castles, Metric, Pnau, and Datarock, and gone down a storm at intimate venues from Los Angeles to London. Featuring two full drum kits and plenty of handheld percussion, the Gold Fields concert experience explodes with kinetic energy. “We really like to have fun on stage and get into the show,” confirms guitarist Vin Andanar. In lieu of painstaking recreations of the studio recordings, the quintet’s mutable live arrangements build, wave upon wave, into propulsive, sinewy grooves that supercharge the energy in the room.
Gold Fields traveled a long way, both geographically and musically, to get to this point; no wonder the boys were willing to go the extra mile to make sure their debut full-length sounded just as they’d imagined it should. With all its twists and turns, making Black Sun turned out to be a bit of an odyssey, but one that ultimately concludes with a very happy ending—and the promise of more adventures to come.
Rush Midnight is the solo project of Russell Manning, recent bass player for acclaimed new wave revivalist, Twin Shadow, and formally tained jazz musician. Russ is Brooklyn born and bred, and his music tells the sonic story of coming up in a nonstop city.
In the midst of a demanding Twin Shadow touring schedule and its endless nights on the road, Russ perfeced his personal sound during rare downtime, recording a string of demos in hotel rooms and disparate studios along the way. For two years, Russ worked alone and with Twin Shadow frontman, George Lewis Jr.
After returing home and smoothing the materialo in New York, Rush Midnight is now set to release his debut EP, +1, to the world this fall via experimental pop label, Cascine. Directly inspired by travel across Europe, Brazil, and Australia, +1 personifies the thrill, mystery, and recklessness of the nightlife he experienced during his time abroad. The music captures Russ’s charismatic production style and ability to gently push against the walls of pop music. At times, his material drifts in a sea of nostalgic, rock-inflected R&B, nodding to icons like Sade and The Police. Other times find him cutting his own path with an undeniable sense of attitude and sexuality. Never once does it feel unnatural.