London trio the Golden Silvers made their first trek to the States this week for CMJ. They’re buzzing overseas (did Jools Holland, won Glastonbury’s New Talent competition in ’08, playing the festival in ’09, features in NME, etc.), but so far things are quieter Stateside. In fact, it took a tip from a friend to point our ears in the proper direction. Thankfully they did: We were able to catch them at the IAMSOUND showcase a couple of days ago and if you’ve been following along on Twitter, you already know that set made it so we have no choice but start listening to them all the time now. Their excellent debut True Romance came out earlier this year in the UK and finally got its US release earlier this month. The group, fronted by vocalist/keyboardist Gwilym Gold, has a sound perfectly matched to its name. At MySpace they list Electric Ladyland, Blonde On Blonde, The Magical Mystery Tour, Around The World In A Day, Live Evil, OK Computer and J Dilla, among others, as influences. Blend them with a little bit of Blur, Liquid Liquid, and Micachu & the Shapes. (Mica Levi included them on her Filthy Friends mixtape, which you’ll find over here.) Take a listen to “True No. 9 Blues (True Romance)” from their debut along with a version of Clash-y album track “Arrows Of Eros” they did with the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at Damon Albarn’s Studio 13 this summer. It fleshes out the original into something else entirely.
Golden Silvers – “True No. 9 Blues (True Romance)” (MP3)
Golden Silvers – Arrows Of Eros (With Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)” (MP3)
“True Romance” in video form:
And, finally, the Gabriel Bissett-Smith and Graham Turner-directed video for another True Romance tune “‘Please Venus.”
True Romance is out via XL. You can catch them live before they head back to England:
10/23 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
10/24 – New York, NY @ Bowery Electric [iBlue Flowers Day Party]