Featuring former Bear Vs Shark front man Marc Paffi, as well as original BvS drummer Brandon Moss and members of instrumental noise outfit Wildcatting, Bars Of Gold¹s overall sound doesn¹t fall far from its punk roots. Still, the Michigan five piece manages to branch out into wonderfully uncharted territories, embracing elements of pulsing soul, dirty garage rock and dusty americana.
Regarding a recent Bars Of Gold performance, Detroit¹s Metro Times proclaimed, If Fugazi had David Yow as a front man, but played like they lived off a steady diet of funk and MC5 records they¹d sound a lot like this. Wow.
That¹s not a statement to be taken lightly, but then again, neither is Of Gold, which is all at once explosive, contemplative, unpredictable, smooth-yet-caustic and, perhaps just as importantly, downright fun. Limited to a pressing of 500 on clear orange and clear green vinyl, this brilliant LP features artwork by Paffi and will come with a free download code for all the songs. Pre-orders are scheduled to start at the beginning of August. More details forthcoming, but for now you can grab the album¹s first single, The Hustle, from iTunes