GOLD CLASS – Lucky 7
LUCKY 7 is the feature where we ask artists to name their 6 favourite songs by others, and a lucky 7th song of their own…
Today, is the turn of Australian post punk four piece Gold Class. Think Bronski Beat “Smalltown Boy” crossed with Fugazi’s “Waiting Room” and throw in some pleasingly agricultural production by Gareth Liddiard of VS favs The Drones, and you’ll be some way close to Gold Class. They’re due to release their second album “Drum” on 18 August via Felte (also home to ace Sextile band) and it’s a break-up record that’s also about resistance to being cast as a square peg in a round hole and exploring complex conversations around LGBT+ histories.
Pleasingly angular like Shudder To Think, yet with singer Adam Curley offering a baritone vocal more akin to Mark Lanegan than Craig Wedren, they’re refreshingly socio-political in an era of millennial apathy (where are the new Fugazi?) we are chuffed to welcome Gold Class to these pages.
Here’s the artwork for “Drum” featuring the sky at night. The only direction for a Velvet Sheep Lucky 7 is 6 songs by others you like any era/any genre, with the 7th one of your own. No theme necessary, but Adam has interpreted his own nocturnal take on our remit, and we’re not complaining…lay back (or should that be Laibach) and enjoy the dark arts of a truly Gold Class after-hours playlist.
1. The Walker Brothers – Nite Flights
The suggested outline for this playlist was some kind of cohesive theme. I was thinking since we made quite a ‘nocturnal’ album that a ‘night-themed’ playlist would be suitable. This song is about as far as my fried imagination took me with that concept. I’ve been revisiting Scott a bit lately after a couple of years off, and Nite Flights sounds positively chipper up against his recent output. It was all Mussolini and Elvis dreaming of 9/11 from here on out.
2. The Bodies – Lest We Forget
We toured with The Bodies in the UK last year and they blew us away. They’ve since gone on hiatus/been reborn as the formidable Culture CT (find them here: https://soundcloud.com/culturect) but they shall remain our partners in crime whatever guise they take. Lest We Forget is such a killer tune. That first yelp from Maxwell gets me every time.
3. RVG – Vincent Van Gogh
I’m just one voice in a large chorus singing the praises of RVG lately (and I’ve already added them in a heap of playlists, so definitely at risk of repeating myself here) but A Quality Of Mercy has dominated my listening habits this year, in that ‘feels like I’ve known this music forever’ kind of way. Romy’s songwriting/guitar playing/stage presence is totally captivating.
4. Carter Tutti – Coolicon
I love how alien everything sounds in this track, some kind of Close Encounters transmission. I really loved the Carter Tutti Void records but it’d be exciting to hear a whole new album of this kinda stuff. I’m sure they’re entirely interested in my opinion of their career path.
5. Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids – Rhapsody in Berlin
Relentlessly good. Encountered this in the tour van earlier this year, another in a series of ‘Tour Manager randomly introduces crucial listening material’.
6. Time For Dreams – Projects
Nothing more to say other than I just love this tune.
The Lucky 7th: Gold Class – Twist In The Dark
See Gold Class live:
18 Sept – Le Pop Up du Label, Paris FR
20-22 Sept – Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg DE
23 Sept – Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam NE
26 Sept – Moth Club, London UK
THANKS TO GOLD CLASS AND TO FRANKIE FROM STEREO SANCTITY PR