The right vibe was in place by the time Gold Class took to stage. Two awesome local bands had just played, General Waste and Culture CT.
General Waste are just unfairly cool and talented for their age, with far reaching influences and arty intent. Still at school but laying down tracks and playing shows with an edgy identity. They use their music to spit at the systems they know aren’t right, so with this much they know already, in a few years’ time they’ll know way more and their music will be even better. Culture CT are like modern day 1977-1984s. Organic post-punk with a dispassionate attitude, reflecting and evolving a great era for music. There’s a lot of talent in their troupe, which they use purely to express themselves, and in some ways a generation.
These are the kind of bands that Gold Class follow on from nicely. They do smart and noisy post-punk well, and they get something from it especially thanks to their local scenes. These aren’t bands that mean to be everywhere, they just experience and create, and what they come up with can be really moving, and danceable.
Gold Class’ set made clear why they’ve been brought out of their local scene in Melbourne. Songs like ‘Twist in the Dark’ and ‘Life as a Gun’ are pro-level songs. Radio friendly singles with meaningful gloomy hooks. They retain their edge in the way you might see songs by Gang of Four or New Order do, which is awesome.
They have an unfussed approach on stage, and just let their music do the performing. The guitar had clean garage sounds harshly brushed out of it from behind the blur that was Evan’s strumming hand, and between the blurs he’d twist and drop out just the right tone for any needed emphasis. While the guitar washed noise over it all, the bass played to your knees, and the singer played to your heart and to your head. Adam’s vocals are pent up but ejected sedately and smoothly; lingering on and aching out their meaning.
They employed their genre’s signature long and cyclical sections. Repetitions of rousing sounds were built and dropped, loudened and quietened, with a steady pace. Credit for this to the drummer. High volumes and shifting structures were easily met without loss of control, and they had a fluidity that made you hope the next cycle of the song wouldn’t be the last.
Outside the singles, other songs stood out like ‘Michael’ and ‘Bite Down’ which are equally movement and mind affecting. The fact that this band are in the process of delivering more is nothing but exciting.
Words from Ellie Clarke