Meet Such Gold, the
melodic hardcore/punk band, have been shaking things up on the scene and were
even before their debut album was even recorded. Said album,
“Misadventures”, is released in the US UK
on 25th February and the guys are currently touring the with genre
heavyweights Funeral For A Friend. Est.1987 headed down to UK Leeds Cockpit to check out the live show and caught up
with front-man Ben Kotin to chat about touring, working on their debut and van
|Such Gold front-man Ben Kotin|
I just saw on Instagram you went and got tattoos here in
Yeah, our drummer did. He got, I don’t even know, some kind of skull or something. He’s not even here yet [laughing].
You’re coming to the back end of the tour- how’s it gone so far?
Yeah, we’ve got a week left but it’s been great.
You’re touring with Funeral For A Friend- were you fans/friends of the guys before hand or?
We all knew of them, but we hadn’t really listened to much of them. So we didn’t know what to expect, but it’s been an experience for us.
You worked on “Misadventures” with Steve Evetts. Was it nice working with someone who has that broad experience of working with hardcore bands and punk bands? And did you approach recording any differently?
Yeah, definitely. We trusted him based on his work and we got to hear cool stories and stuff so it was a fun experience. This time we had a practice space for like two or three days and just ran the songs over and over and over throughout those days. We'd never done that before, just worked out the kinks and what not.
|Such Gold on stage at Leeds Cockpit|
Because this was your first full length was it daunting or did you embrace the experience?
I wasn't as nervous to release it as I was to record it. Steve Evetts is kind of intimidating; he's a big name but turned out to be a great guy. I was more nervous about that, but once we got that over with I was excited to get the record out.
|Such Gold, currently on tour with Funeral For A Friend|
And the title “Misadventures”? I was reading that in 2009 when your van broke down in
you had to get people to take you
to the show and that kind of made you realise people really wanted to see you
play. So I guess misadventures kind of formed the band in a way and kind of
fuelled your passion? The perfect title? New York
That's happened so many times. Yeah, I suppose. That was pretty much the only name we had so we just stuck with it. [laughing].
|Ben on stage at The Cockpit|
The hardcore scene is really strong at the moment; do you try and keep up with the bands?
I try to yeah, I definitely like a lot of hardcore music. At the moment I've been listening to Ed Gein, I guess they're not like a hardcore band per say, but they're heavy as f**k.
What’s next for you guys?
We’re going to
and doing Soundwave festival and then we go to afterwards. A lot of touring,
we’ve got a month left so we're suitably tired, that's the general vibe. Japan
And here's what happened when Such Gold took to the stage...
|Such Gold storm Leeds Cockpit|
Their debut album, “Misadventures” is released in the
next week. However the crowd
watching and getting involved in their support set here tonight clearly shows that
Such Gold, the UK Rochester four-piece, clearly
already have a growing
presence. “Two Year Plan” sets the tone; gritty, punchy, rhythmically solid and
most of all, energetic. Mixing older songs (such as “Gut Rot” with its
intricate riffs and drum breakdown), in with album offerings (such as the to
the point “Survival Of The Fondest”) makes the set eclectic. The performance
builds to fan favourite, the catchy “Sycamore”, and as the crowd bundle around
the front of the stage, front-man Ben hands the mic down to them to join in;
whilst various members of the audience and
other support bands crowd surf in and amongst. And as the crowd are just
getting warmed up the set comes to an end. The raw and heavy “Locked Out Of The
Magic Theater” taken from their debut album allows fans one last chance to go
wild; the faultless blend of hardcore and melodic ensures Such Gold are ones to
watch out for, and no doubt leaves the crowd tonight wanting more. UK
Be sure to check out “Misadventures” on 25th February.
Coming tomorrow- Interview & review with Funeral For A Friend