GOLD SOUNDS will be bringing some of the finest artists to Leeds University Union this May…
A Music Festival Celebrating The Best In Guitar Fuzz, Noise & Hooks.
THE FAT WHITE FAMILY
Formed in a squat in Peckham in 2011, south London’s Fat White Family comprised Lias Saoudi (vocals), Nathan Saudi (keyboard), Adam Harmer (guitar), Martin Dead (drummer), and Saul Adaczewski (guitar), who garnered critical and public adulation for their skuzzy mix of country, rock & roll, post-punk, and nihilistic psychedelia, recalling the likes of The Fall, the Birthday Party, Butthole Surfers, and Charles Manson.
Fucked Up formed in Toronto, Ontario, in 2001; the group members (all of whom use pseudonyms) were Pink Eyes (aka Father Damien) on lead vocals, 10,000 Marbles on lead guitar, Concentration Camp on rhythm guitar, Mustard Gas on bass, and Mr. Jo (aka Guinea Beat) on drums.
The Wytches were formed in 2011 by vocalist and guitarist Kristian Bell and drummer Gianni Honey, who had previously been members of the band the Crooked Cranes. Originally from Peterborough, Bell and Honey relocated to Brighton to continue their schooling after the Crooked Cranes split up, but before long they found they were eager to play music again. After posting flyers on campus looking for a bassist, they settled for the only person who responded, Daniel Rumsey, who had earlier been a member of the Voyage Andromeda and Dan Rumsey & the Bitter End. The new trio was originally called the Witches, but in order to distinguish themselves from other groups and make them easier to find via search engines, they altered the spelling to the Wytches.
Hinds, previously known as Deers, are a four piece from Madrid, Spain. Ana Garcia Perrote and Carlotta Cosials, first got together as a duo. Completing the line-up are Ade Martin and Amber Grimbergen.
Glaswegian noise pop duo Honeyblood formed in early 2012, consisting of Stina Marie Claire Tweeddale on guitar and vocals and Shona McVicar on drums. The two took inspiration from dark and cloudy ’90s indie rock luminaries like PJ Harvey, Sonic Youth, and Throwing Muses and filtered it into a gorgeously murky home-recorded sound of their own, quickly growing a local profile and eventually opening shows for the likes of Sleigh Bells, and even performing at bigger festivals
Big Deal are a boy/girl indie pop duo comprised of Kacey Underwood and Alice Costelloe. Their debut, Lights Out, was an understated one, centered around just two guitars (one electric, one acoustic) and their two voices. Following the album’s release in August of 2011, Big Deal made plans to play several U.K. festivals, including Wireless, Lounge on the Farm, and Reading and Leeds. For their second album June Gloom, the pair worked with producer Rory Attwell, who helped add a ’90s noise-pop inspired heft to their sound.
Manchester female quartet PINS were formed in 2011 by singer/guitarist Faith Holgate alongside bassist Anna Donigan, drummer Lara Williams, and guitarist Lois McDonald. After Holgate had spent time in different bands, mostly alongside guys, she was fed up with being the “token girl” and decided to invest time in finding an all-girl lineup.
London-based trio Happyness combined dreamy indie rock melodies that took inspiration from ’90s indie outfits such asSparklehorse and Pavement, while intertwining purposeful, wry, 21st century humor to their brooding songs. Having known each other throughout their teens — they had been in various other bands before they formed Happyness — singer/guitarist Benji Compston, singer/bassist Jonny Allan, and drummer Ash Cooper found themselves together writing music in a studio under railway arches in Bermondsey, South London. After performances under a few different monikers, the three-piece finally settled on Happyness, and set about touring the U.K. They were soon picked up by indie label Weird Smiling and entered the studio soon after to record their debut album, Weird Little Birthday, which arrived in 2014.
Armed with nothing more than a guitar and a drum machine,Colleen Green‘s gritty, sweet, irrepressibly fun tunes nod to girl-dominated indie pop acts (Helen Love, the All Girl Summer Fun Band, and Cub are all good touchstones), the Ramones (one of her early tracks was called “I Wanna Be Degraded”), and pop-punk acts like blink-182 (the blogosphere raved about her cover of “M&Ms”); Green, not at all shy about her drug use, would go on to characterize her style of music as “stoner pop.”
Ann Arbor, Michigan’s Pity Sex pull from the fuzzy distorted sound of ’90s alternative rock. With a sound that mimics classic rock acts like Dinosaur Jr. and Yo La Tengo and contemporaries like Japandroids and PAWS, the group — guitarist/vocalist Britty Drake, guitarist/vocalist Brennan Greaves, drummer Sean St. Charles, and bassist Brendan Pierce — released their first EP, Dark World, in 2012, and made plans to follow it up with their first full-length, Feast of Love, in 2013 on Run for Cover Records.
Brighton-based Theo takes the DIY approach very seriously, not content on only recording, producing and mixing the Heavy Sunn EP, all instruments were played and multi-tracked by Theo himself. A feat he pulls off with ease. However, he has the support of a full band at his live shows to recreate the layered and distorted, fuzz tinged psych-rock reverberation.
Theo Verney has recently supported Parquet Courts and Crocodiles, as well as playing various London shows.
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