Dutch avant-garde dark rock ensemble ​GOLD​ are back with their 4th album ​Why Aren’t You Laughing?​ On Artoffact Records. The band debuted the new album live at Roadburn Festival in a packed and ecstatic Het Patronaat.

The sound of ​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 (Paradise Lost, Grave Pleasures), each element is given ample room to breathe – and indeed shine.

Milena Eva, the band’s singer, co-founder and co-songwriter, is adept at detailing deeply personal experiences which are presented in a universal way; her feelings of vulnerability, confusion, indignation, curiosity, and hope provide a springboard for resonance. Whilst much of the album’s poetic lyricism is rooted in the darker side of society and experience, a glimmer of daylight has always permeated ​GOLD’s​ sonic output.

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, Leyla Overdulve 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.


za 14 sep. 2019Baroeg Open AirRotterdam

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