Gold Fields, A Silent Film

9:30 Club presents at U Street Music Hall. - Early Show

Gold Fields

A Silent Film

American Authors

Mon, February 4, 2013

7:00 pm

U Street Music Hall

Washington, DC


Tickets Available at the Door

This event is all ages

Gold Fields - (Set time: 9:50 PM)
Gold Fields
The debut self-titled EP from Australian quintet Gold Fields bursts forth from the speakers with a freshness that cannot be denied. The band's first single "Treehouse" opens the setwith a glossy slice of pop etched with tribal drums. With a rush and a push of propulsive percussion and tribal textures, "Moves" provokes dance-inducing enthusiasm, even as its evolving lyrical hook lures the ear into a Trans-Pacific game of telephone. Percolating with pops and claps, the syncopated rhythms and shifting dynamics of "The Woods" evoke the otherworldly ambience of venturing deep into the wilderness, slivers of light contrasting with singer Mark Fuller's shadowy incantations of "I wish we knew how to play safe." Compare those three cuts with "Holy No," a sinewy, slow-motion funk groove that creeps along on cat feet of wah-wah guitar and sinister keyboards. While all four selections are audibly the work of the same band, each boasts a distinctive character—just as Gold Fields intended. "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. That's not as easy as it might seem. Not when your band is comprised of five avid music lovers with individual tastes. That disparity accounts for Gold Fields' eclectic sound, but also sets up challenges when developing new ideas. "We're not going to release a song until everybody in the band is happy with it."Luckily, Gold Fields is pretty harmonious lot, the result of friendships that predate the band's formation in early 2010. Growing up in Ballarat, a Victorian era boomtown about an hour's drive west of Melbourne, the five lads attended school together starting around age 12. While that camaraderie is the glue that bonds Gold Fields, this was no leisurely idyll or excuse to hang out. From the outset they were dead serious about reaching a wider audience.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, Silverchair) polished up their home recordings, giving birth to the ebullient debut single "Treehouse" plus the material showcased on this EP. With support from alternative radio tastemakers Triple J, Gold Fields was soon playing dates at the Falls Festival, Field Day, Groovin The Moo and Parklife, as well as support slots for Crystal Castles, Datarock, and Pnau. They've also gone down a storm at intimate venues in Los Angeles and London, where the band supported SBTRKT and The Naked and Famous. Wherever they are, the band members push themselves to give audiences their money's worth… and then some. "We really like to have fun on stage and get into the show," says Vin. Rather than painstakingly reproducing their recordings, they use the studio versions as jumping off points for new arrangements, in hopes that fans will come see them live just to hear what happens next. In late summer of 2011, Gold Fields spent six weeks in Los Angeles working with producer Mickey Petralia (Beck, Ladytron, Peaches). Upon returning home, they retreated to a remote manor on a farm and continued writing more songs, which they subsequently recorded with Horscroft. The resulting debut full-length is slated for international release later in 2012. But please, don't wait till then to check out Gold Fields. At the rate this fivepiece is evolving, you might never catch up to them if you don't start now.
A Silent Film - (Set time: 8:45 PM)
A Silent Film
Every now & again a band comes along that magnifies memories you want to hold onto and takes you places you always
want to be.
Widescreen. Refined. Bold. Delicate & honest. A Silent Film are a rock band from Oxford, England.
Debut record The City That Sleeps' released in the US earlier this year, continues to make exciting waves across the country
with lead single 'You Will Leave A Mark' topping national radio most requested playlists, picking up first place at the Sirius Alt
Nation awards for 'Best In Studio Performance' & No. 4 'Song of the Year' only behind Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys &
Vampire Weekend. The song was downloaded a massive 110,000 times as part of the iTunes Discovery Download and
Linkin Park even featured the band on their iTunes Celebrity Playlist. Appearances at SXSW, a triumphant headline performance with Biffy Clyro for Philadelphia's Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party series and tours & shows with The Smashing
Pumpkins, Fitz & The Tantrums, The Temper Trap, Sleigh Bells & Civil Twilight as well as performing at the UK's Glasonbury festival, by invitation of the BBC and appearances at Portugal's huge Mares Vivas & Optimus Alive festivals where the
bands' debut single and album releases entered the charts there at numbers 1 and 3 respectively. Multiple syncs on MTV's
“The Hills”, “The Hard Times of R J Berger”, “Investigation Discovery” and an appearance on the 'Rockband' video game are
all firing the buzz surrounding the band and their latest single 'Driven By Their Beating Hearts', which continues to make giant
leaps forward with radio stations all over the States A-listing the song once again. The band continue to tour The City That
Sleeps throughout the summer whilst also starting to write for their second record, due out later in 2011.
American Authors - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
American Authors
We express our experiences as a shared unit , through music and an agreement of sound. No one always gets along, but with lows come highs and fighting always has an end. we accept struggle and are passionate about the lives we lead. We create the music that comes naturally to us and we're not afraid of change. We have all made changes for better and for worse but whats done is done and we are thrilled with the present. We all have a story to tell and whether it's audible, visual, silence or motion, we cant hide the fact that we are constantly creating new moments to share. We are American Authors from Brooklyn, New york.
Venue Information:
U Street Music Hall
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009

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