GOLD is an avant-garde dark rock ensemble from Rotterdam. The sound of new album 'Why Aren't You Laughing?, marries hypnotic gothic vibes with layers of blackened guitars, overlaid with atmospheric, often dream-like vocals. The multi-faceted album is complex in its construction, but by enlisting producer Jaime Gomez Arellano, each element is given ample room to breathe - and indeed shine.
GOLD released its debut record Interbellum in 2012 on Germany’s cult label Ván Records. No Image followed in 2015 released by Ván in Europe and Profound Lore in the USA, and in 2017 GOLD released its most well-received record to date, the brooding and hypnotic Optimist. The latter was unanimously praised as a tour de force in songwriting, atmosphere, and existential innuendo. On each record, the song craft has deepened and widened as Milena Eva’s poetic lyrics and delivery have connected strongly to the depths of the soul. The band as a unit - rounded out by Thomas Sciarone, Kamiel Top and Jaka Bolič on guitars, Tim Meijer on bass, and Igor Wouters on drums - are primal and whirling; full of life, and yet a memento mori.
Recalling the experimentalism of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the dark and sweet beauty of Kristin Hersh and Throwing Muses, but firmly rooted in a powerful, yet artsy rock vibe, GOLD have tapped into something truly unique. The band’s delicate balance has caught the attention of the likes of Converge, with whom they toured in 2016 and 2017, as well as New Model Army, who invited GOLD as support for dates in 2018.
Milena Eva - vocals
Thomas Sciarone - guitar
Kamiel Top - guitar
Jaka Bolič - guitar
Leyla Overdulve - bass
Igor Wouters - drums
Why Aren't You Laughing? (album, 2019)
Faces I Don't Recall - The Optimist Remixes (EP, 2018)
Optimist LP/CD (album, 2017)
No Image LP/CD (album, 2015)
Interbellum LP/CD (album, 2012)
Gone Under/Medicine Man 7" (EP, 2012)