Gold Fields are a wicked band making some amazing music. Hailing from Australia, they combine the best elements of tribal dance and clever pop sensibilities. About to release their debut album, Black Sun and touring extensively, Gold Fields spoke to AMBY about sharing beds, bleeding on stage and living without country and western music.
AMBY: How would you describe Gold Fields’ sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
Gold Fields: Ahh we get asked this question a lot. We usually just tell people just to listen to it if you want to know what it sounds like. We love dance music and we love pop music but we grew up listening to punk or heavy rock music and I think you can hear all that in there.
AMBY: Dark Again is such a cool tune, what is the story behind the song?
Gold Fields: We wrote Dark Again a long time ago when we first started writing music but back then it sounded totally different to the song now. When we started writing for the album, we went back and dug it out of a pileof songs and rewrote a lot of it and added a new sound to it. When we recorded it in my parents garage at home in Ballarat, it sort of came to life.
AMBY: How do you compare Australian audiences to ones in North American?
Gold Fields: I think American audiences are still learning to understand our live show. In Australia, people come to our shows to dance and get off their heads, they usually know what they’re in for. Whereas I get the feeling that American people are coming to see some indie band.. That’s not what our live show is really like. You should come to our shows sort of planning to have a big night and a good time. All of the American shows have been a lot of fun so far and they just keep getting better.
AMBY: What is the funniest thing to happen to you at one of your gigs?
Gold Fields: Ummmm, I split my forehead open on a speaker in a festival in Australia and was bleeding pretty profusely for a couple of songs. Watching the videos of that is pretty funny.. It was a dance festival in Australia and we were drinking way to much before shows. Hopefully that won’t happen again.
AMBY: You are about to release your debut album Black Sun. What does the band have planned next?
Gold Fields: Yeah, we’re spending the first half of 2013 touring america, pretty much non-stop. The record comes out on Feb 26 and then we’re doing sxsw and then touring for the next couple of months after that.
AMBY: Who would you like to be most and least stuck in an elevator with?
Gold Fields: Most – probably my girlfriend and least, probablyyyy umm.. I can’t really think of anybody.
AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?
Gold Fields: I just started listening to the new Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album and it’s pretty amazing. We always listen to a lot of Chemical Brothers, Faithless and stuff like that in the van on the long drives.
AMBY: What song could you live without ever hearing again?
Gold Fields: Could I live without? Haha, there’s a lot of music I could live without. I could definitely live without country and western as a whole.
AMBY: If you could invite any three people to dinner, who would you choose?
Gold Fields: Sigmund Freud, Katy Perry and Wayne Coyne.
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
Gold Fields: Our album is finally coming out! It’s been a long time. And I’m excited to start writing again when we get the chance.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Gold Fields that nobody knows yet?
Gold Fields: Umm we share beds on tour because we can’t afford another hotel room.
Thank you Gold Fields, for giving us your answers!
Alicia & Yaz Atout