Gold Fields and Morning Parade

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Gold Fields and Morning Parade

All young bands go through growing pains, and Gold Fields is no exception. It took three different tries before they made a version of their debut album, Black Sun, that met their expectations. Not that you’d ever guess that from listening to the finished product. Like their explosive live shows and the self-titled EP that preceded it last year, the Australian quintet’s debut full-length displays invention, drive, and a commitment to artistic expression that belies the group’s tender years.

Gold Fields’ lively originals teem with variegated percussion and interwoven vocals, from opener “Meet My Friends,” with its buzzing keyboards, wordless vocal hook, and an indelible chorus, to eerie closer “Anxiety,” animated by its play of elongated phrases against staccato rhythms. Though the band’s sound defies pigeonholing, and each song boasts a distinctive identity, a musical through-line unifies the album’s eleven originals: by juxtaposing light and darkness, Gold Fields imbues even its most ebullient performances with melancholy—and vice-versa.

This is particularly evident on the first single, “Dark Again,” a standout from its inception as a demo. “The lyrics were written about pulling yourself out of a rut,” singer Mark Fuller told Rolling Stone in September 2012. “More specifically, pulling a relationship out of a rut. It’s just about snapping out of a negative mindframe and realizing that you’ve got something pretty special.” Carried along on waves of percolating synthesizer and rippling guitar, the song builds momentum as it surges towards a powerful, sing-along chorus.

Formed in Harlow in 2008, the Essex five-piece Morning Parade consists of lead vocalist Steve Sparrow, guitarist Chad Thomas, bassist Phil Titus, keyboardist Ben Giddings, and drummer Andy Hayes.
Combining trance-style synths with anthemic rock guitars in the same vein as Friendly Fires, Delphic, and Fenech-Soler, their energetic sound and low-key secret live gigs soon attracted the attention of various record labels, and eventually resulted in a major-label deal with Parlophone. Following support slots on U.K. tours by Florence and the Machine, Ash, and Tinchy Stryder, they began work on material with Blur producer Jason Cox at Damon Albarn’s 13 Studios. Their first single, “Under the Stars,” saw release in late 2010; it was followed by a succession of singles (“A&E,” “On Your Shoulders,” and “Us & Ourselves”)in 2011. The band’s self-titled debut full-length album came out in early 2012 on Parlephone. ~ Jon O’Brien

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Gold Fields and Morning Parade
Event Category: Live Music
When: October 12, 2013
Time: 11:59pm
Where: Brooklyn Bowl
Cost: $$10
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