× Gold Class embark on European tour, starting this Wednesday

Gold Class embark on European tour, starting this Wednesday


Melbourne based Gold Class just finished their first US tour that was booked around the massive SXSW festival and now they continue their tour in Europe - no breaks - kicking off on Wednesday. NME called them "a class of their own" after seeing them in Austin: "Aussies Gold Class proved themselves to be in a class of their own at Beerland. Still new enough that their name doesn’t even come up first in Google rankings when you search them, they made me think of, variously: early Interpol, Richey-era Manics, Royal Headache, At The Drive-In and Depeche Mode. Frontman Adam Curley is born to be onstage, and there's something compelling about the band as he wraps his mic cord around his neck and interrogates the audience with a hint of Johnny Rotten about him. ‘Life As A Gun’ is a taught, powerful set closer, drummer Mark Hewitt driving them on with Topper Headon-esque flair."

As said, this Wednesday, they kick it off, see all tourdates here:
06-04-2016: London (UK) @ Lock Tavern
07-04-2016: Glasgow (UK) @ the Hug and Pint
10-04-2016: Bristol (UK) @ Start The Bus
12-04-2016: Brussels (BE) @ Trone
13-04-2016: Liege (BE) @ Phoque Aime All
16-04-2016: Venlo (NL) @ Sounds (RSD instore)
16-04-2016: Haarlem (NL) @ Patronaat
18-04-2016: Bern (CH) @ Les Amis/Wohnzimmer
19-04-2016: St Etienne (FR) @ Thunderbird Lounge
20-04-2016: Zurich (CH) @ Keller
21-04-2016: Freiburg (DE) @ Swamp
22-04-2016: Braunschweig (DE) @ Eule
23-04-2016: Berlin (DE) @ The Acud

As they are still new enough that their name doesn't even come up first in Google rankings here some more background info about the band: Gold Class formed quickly. Guitarist Evan James Purdey recruited fellow creative-writing students Mark Hewitt (drums) and Adam Curley (vocals) to elaborate on guitar ideas he’d recorded to a Dictaphone over the course of a summer. Jon Shub, who worked late-night bar shifts with Purdey and Curley and who builds and fixes guitars out of a workshop in northern Melbourne, made an instrument for himself and joined on bass. The initial philosophy was simple: each member would write his own parts with reverence given to the whole. “We write everything together in a small room, which is a recipe for tantrums, but we also look out for each other’s interests and we’re pretty dedicated to that way of working,” Curley explains. “The album was intended to be a document of the live set we wrote in a short amount of time, recorded quickly and released soon after. It’s our opening statement as a band in a way.”

In the autumn of 2015, Gold Class went into Melbourne’s Head Gap Studio for four days with producer Simon Grounds (GOD, Twerps) to record ten songs to tape. The result is the band’s debut album, It’s You, led by first single ‘Life as a Gun’, with its firing lyrical offering, “You can hold your finger on the trigger.” Elsewhere on the record, political protest meets Australian kosmische; proud perversion rubs against lo-fi jangle, and outsider longings become rallying choruses as Gold Class play out the push-and-pull of their first album’s title.