Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Listen to The GoldRoom's The Surrounding Hours Right Now [Fresh Tracks]

Posted By on Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Best I can tell, last time we talked about The GoldRoom was ... oh, I'd say roughly two years ago. And as far as I can gather from their Facebook page and We Own This Town, they don't play out too frequently. They did, however, just release their first full-length, and you can stream or download the whole thing via their Bandcamp page. The record is called The Surrounding Hours, and it's a damned mystery in the best possible way.

First of all, Hours is packed with rock songs that are both melodically nimble and visceral — even occasionally discordant. I know music writers and indie rockers alike love to look to the '90s as our stylistic mecca — chronologically speaking, of course. But I'd be absolutely remiss to say this stuff doesn't sport the same aggressive, heavy tones and turns as indie-rock outfits like Shellac and Slint. OK, I'll be less obscure. Chavez and Polvo. Shit! I'll try again. Dinosaur Jr. and Pixies. Yeah ... that one'll do. Also, I'll bet Queens of the Stone Age fans will get down on The GoldRoom, too ("Car With Crystal Brakes" especially). Point is, it's mean, it's hard, and it's played by guys who don't fear those numbers on the right side of their volume knobs.

But like I was saying. The "mystery" thing. This record was mixed and recorded all over the place. In the credits, you'll find familiar names like those of Jeremy Ferguson (Battle Tapes) and Brent Rawlings (who has worked with The Features, Kings of Leon and all sorts of folks from now-defunct Spongebath Records). But there are also names I haven't seen before, not to mention countries I've never been to — Italy, The U.K. and Argentina, to be precise. Speaking of Argentina, someone from there named Flor Moreiira performed guest vocals for The GoldRoom's "Es Verdad." It's the fifth track, and I want you to listen to it. Right. Now.

Anyway, the vocals on "Es Verdad" aren't exactly indicative of the rest of the album, so go ahead and peep the whole thing:

Better yet, buy it for $7 by clicking right here. Or try to find something better to spend $7 on today. Good luck.

Also, I'll say this: A lot of bands email us out of the blue looking for coverage, but seldom are they this enjoyable a listen. Thank you, GoldRoom. Keep it up, and play some shows.

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