Of Gold, the debut full-length from Bars Of Gold, is now available for pre-order. The 12″ LP marks the 50th release for Friction Records and will see an official street date of August 24th from the venerable Michigan label.
If you’re in or near the Grand Rapids, MI area, there will be a release show on September 11th. For more info go here.
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 Gold’s overall sound doesn’t fall far from its punk roots. Still, the outfit explores wonderfully uncharted territories, embracing elements of soul, garage rock and Americana.
Currently the band is streaming three brand new songs from the album on its myspace page, including “The Hustle,” which you can also download at the link below.
Listen to “The Hustle” (free mp3)
Undoubtedly one of 2010’s most anticipated releases, Of Gold is limited to a pressing of 500 on translucent orange and translucent green vinyl. It features artwork by Paffi and each copy will come with an mp3 download code for all the songs.
Bars Of Gold embodies both reckless abandon and creative inspiration, and it wraps it all in bouncy, pop-tinged bursts of sonic goodness. You won’t just hear these songs in your head – you’ll feel them in the pit of your stomach as the chaotic rumble gives way to a creaky banjo or whirling synths. These are gritty rock anthems for adults: a welcome, rollicking respite from juvenile themes and uninspired songwriting. Don’t miss out on this one, folks.
– Bars of God is a religious experience and the reason I find myself falling in love with music over and over again. – The Sunday Idiom
– If Fugazi had David Yow as a front man, but played like they lived off a steady diet of funk and MC5 records they’d sound a lot like this. Wow. – Metro Times
– Melodic and raspy ( think MC5 if sung by a highly caffeinated Tom Waits ) with complex, often jarring instrumentation, abrupt breaks and tons of fiery energy. – One Thirty BPM