Introducing Australia’s Gold FieldsFeb 14, 2012
Just a year into their career and Gold Fields are already taking their recordings from their bedrooms to the world by releasing their debut self-titled EP on March 13th via Astralwerks. The band will also perform at SXSW followed by a handful of exclusive U.S. tour dates including NYC, San Diego and LA.
It’s a promising start for the Australian five-piece – which includes Mark Robert Fuller (vocals), Vin Andanar (guitar/vocals), Rob Clifton (keys/percussion), Ryan D’Sylva (drums) and Luke Peldys (bass) – that had recently begun recording and rehearsing in Andanar’s house in the northern Victorian town of Ballarat, Australia.
Originally writing dark, country-tinged songs, the band were becoming depressed by their own music, so they changed direction and wrote their single “Treehouse” – a glossy slice of pop etched with tribal drums. Creating a hypnotic blend of enigmatic, brooding undercurrents borrowed from rock, the band’s songs began to lean towards experimental, spooky and dramatic pop with ominous bass lines and punchy drums.
Rather than claw their way up through the club scene, the quintet concentrated on writing and recording the best original material they could. Once they’d fashioned a six-song demo, they sought out professionals to help refine their sound and steer their career. After meticulous research, and a bit of well-intentioned deception on Mark’s part, they secured representation with Australian management group Archangelsky. Producer Scott Horscroft (The Presets, Sleepy Jackson) polished up their home recordings, giving birth to the ebullient debut single “Treehouse” plus the material showcased on this EP.
“From the beginning, we made it a big point to make every song sound different,” says guitarist Vin Andanar. “We didn’t want to be pigeonholed as part of any scene or specific sound.” Instead, they concentrated on creating original music that met their own high standards and was fun to play.
In less than a year, the band is well on their way to fulfilling their dreams, including releasing “Treehouse”, which reached the top 10 of the triple J radio chart in Australia, and scoring opening slots in the UK and Australia with The Naked and Famous and Crystal Castles. Gold Fields’ music has also been featured in Australian ad campaigns for Billabong and New Balance. Gold Fields are currently completing their debut full-length album slated for international release later in 2012.
Gold Fields U.S. Tour Dates:
3/14-3/17 SXSW TBA
3/21 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
3/26 Hollywood, CA Bardot
3/27 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
3/28 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Bar