Gold – “No Image” (Ván Records)
Just checking out the disturbing video to ‘Servant’ off Gold’s latest album “No Image” show that this ‘post-everything dark rock’ band is anything but image conscious! Formed only a few years back by guitarist Thomas Sciarone (ex-The Devil’s Blood) and vocalist Milena Eva (who’s named after Franz Kafka’s lover!) Gold have already released a debut proving this experimental band are fast finding their feet both among lovers of art and the avant-garde. As influenced by fine culture as global politics and sociology, they mix dark rock with noisy loud indie and post punk which is as seductive and suave as it is subversive! From Eva’s distant ethereal vocals that scarily bring to mind Dolores O’Riordan (of The Cranberries!) Sciarone and fellow guitarist Nick Polak provide the noise that ranges from metallic clanging to shoegaze noise to fuzz feedback to – well, I can see why they say ‘everything’! With Tim Meijer and Igor Wouters smashing / caressing rhythm matching the alternating dark expression of songs like ‘The Controller’, ‘The Waves’ and ‘And I Know Now’, Gold show they can punch and be pretty when they feel like it! Recorded by Jeff Zeigler (Kurt Vile, The War On Drugs etc) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sunn 0)), Leviathan etc), “No Image” is a dark testament to civilization’s decline in the heavy emoji, emotively filled world of Gold.