Gold Class released their new album ‘Drum‘ – via Barely Dressed Records and Remote Control over the weekend.

Drum‘ is the bold follow-up to the slow-burning cult-success of 2015 debut ‘It’s You‘. A brasher, vivid widescreen account of a band hitting its stride; an urgent, defiant and new document from the band.

When naming the album, Adam Curley, singer and lyricist needed a word – a hook on which to pin his band’s new album.

Drum is primitive. It’s physical. It’s the beat of your heart. It’s immediate.

Drum‘ showcases a new side to the band, a confidence not detectable in the brittle post-punk of their previous releases. Richer textures, moments of sweetness and melancholy belie themes of submission, authority, ecstasy and heartbreak – distilling all the complexities of life into a fateful, thumping pulse.

The week we started to write Drum, my relationship ended and I was left alone in a draughty old house. I sat around with my notebook, the quiet hours cut with news from friends and the TV: the suicides of musicians and writers I’d known and queer kids I hadn’t; the systematic abuse of vulnerable people, the constant mockery of anyone on the out. I wanted it to be a record of defiance, a resistance to the idea of scrambling for a place at a table that wasn’t set for you. A sort of a love letter to anyone who not only can’t meet the standard but doesn’t want to.

Recorded at Melbourne’s Head Gap and Tropical Fuck Storm Studios and produced by Gareth Liddiard of The Drones, ‘Drum‘ sees Gold Class expand their sonic pallet.

The wondrous force of the band’s live show no doubt served as both musical and thematic inspiration for the album. Indeed, it was Liddiard that was instructive in helping the band capture this force.

We wanted to take a risk. He was the one person everyone felt could do something interesting with the album. He was able to simultaneously push us outside our comfort zone and help us achieve what we set out to do in the first place.

Give the album a listen below. If you like what you hear, the album is available on CD [Here], Vinyl [Here] and iTunes [Here].

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Gold Class have also announced a headline tour. Details are below and tickets are on sale now.

TOUR DATES

GOLD CLASS
NOVEMBER
4th – The Foundry, Brisbane [18+]
11th – The Night Cat, Melbourne [18+]
18th – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney [18+]
—> Tickets available now.
—> For more information, visit [Here].

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Photo by Izzie Austin.

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