Sydney’s Golden Fang release the second single from their new album here. now here. (produced by Jay Whalley of Frenzal Rhomb).
…the range and depth on display across here. now here. marks it as a cohesive statement of modern Australian guitar rock…
Golden Fang, a melodic guitar band that captures the joys and contradictions of life in Sydney’s Inner West, are an indie rock group in the truest sense – independently releasing their own unique blend of rock music since 2014.
Cast an ear back across the last three decades and you’ll hear the influence of the Pixies, The Drones and Straitjacket Fits mixing sonically with the dirty grooves of the Bad Seeds and The Cruel Sea.
Like local Sydney acts such as Peabody, Bluebottle Kiss and Crow, Golden Fang are a band that know how to harness poetry and visceral rock ’n’ roll.
The song begins on a wistful, acoustic note before sonic layers are added and the rest of the band charges into full view, a musical vista of angular guitars and rock-solid drums blossoming before the listener’s ears.
Singer, songwriter Carl Redfern says of the song, “Though the songs not really about the place, A friend sent me a photo taken off the signpost for Spooners Lookout in the Blue Mountains with just the note ‘Looners Spookout’ (which will be a song at some point in the future).
The photo lived on my wall for years it always made me smile and I never really ever wondered where the place actually was. Then, not that long ago I was in the Blue Mountains and discovered the lookout and I was struck by a powerful sense of melancholy as I was reminded of my friend who had been so important to me but was then lost to me not long after I got that photo. It’s basically a long lost love song.”
In terms of the approach the band too to the writing and arranging of ‘Spooner’s Lookout’, bassist Justin Tauber says, “We like to keep things simple in the Fang. Carl’s writing and Teo’s guitar playing are really laconic and direct.
So, when Carl brought ‘Spooner’s Lookout’ into the rehearsal room, it was unusual in that there were a lot of different parts to the song,” he explains.
“It presented an opportunity for us to stretch ourselves a little, and explore the dynamic and emotional range of the band. There is memory and love and even a little regret in this song. You don’t expect that from a garage band, but I think we’re all grown-ups and we know what that’s like. So I’m really happy how this one turned out.”
From the melancholic, melodic classicism of opener ‘Clouds Go Round’ to the gritty power-pop of ‘Bad Actors’, the cowbell suburban hoedown of ‘Cowboy For Love’ (a love song dedication to good friend and confidant of the band – Jo Meares) to the punk rockabilly rave of ‘Jonny Your Money’s No Good’ and on through the dark gothic dissonance of ‘Tonight We’re Gonna Party Like It’s Dunedin 1989’ and the wandering autumnal psychedelia of ‘Gold Chains And Card Games’ – the range and depth on display across here. now here. marks it as a cohesive statement of modern Australian guitar rock.
In recording sessions at his Pet Food Factory studio in Marrickville, NSW, during Australia’s black summer of 2020, producer Jay Whalley (of Frenzal Rhomb) has captured the sound of a band that doesn’t hide its rough edges.
“A bunch of old hands like Golden Fang are always going to be a joy to work with. This record sees them more focused and committed to their mission of balancing dark tales with good humour. Always love a band that’s not scared of an egg shaker,” says Whalley.
The album celebrates the energy and swagger of the band’s live shows and the artful belligerence of Redfern’s lyrics and delivery. The earthy quality of his voice and questioning lyrics add a layer of irreverence and intimacy to the music as it weaves and crashes around him.
“It’s the first album we’ve done where the line up has had a sense of stability about it and where we were writing and working on the songs with an eventual album being the main focus while putting the songs together,” explains Redfern. “For Here. Now Here. we allowed ourselves a bit more time so that we could get things as we wanted them rather than how they ended up on the day! In that regard I think we can say it’s our most considered album.”
1. Clouds Go Round
2. Bad Actors
3. Don’t Take Your God To Town
4. Cowboy For Love
5. Savage Beauty
6. Spooner’s Lookout
7. Jonny Yer Money’s No Good
8. Ain’t Life Cruel
9. Tonight We’re Gonna Party Like It’s Dunedin 1989
10. Gold Chains And Card Games
All songs by Carl Redfern / Golden Fang except Savage by Teo Treloar / Golden Fang
Recorded at Pet Food Factory, Marrickville Dec 2019 / Jan 2020 by Jay Whalley
Mixed by Russ T Rock
Mastered by Don Bartley at Benchmark Mastering
Cover photo(s) by Teo Treloar
Layout by Teo Treloar
Carl Redfern – vocals, guitar
Teo Treloar – guitar, vocals on ‘Savage Beauty’, backing vocals
Justin Tauber – bass, electric & acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Joe Parkin – drums, percussion
Donna Amini – Backing vocals on ‘Don’t Take Your God To Town’, ’Bad Actors’, ‘Spooners Look Out’
Jay Whalley – Percussion
About Golden Fang
First forming around guitarists Teo Treloar and Carl Redfern, and drummer Mark Hetherington, they’ve more recently welcomed bassist Justin Tauber and drummer Joe Parkin into the family Fang, adding a deft and rumbling rhythm section who can negotiate post-punk angles as strongly as they can wrestle a free-swinging rock song.
Regulars on Sydney’s live scene, Golden Fang have shared stages with notable and varied acts such as Front End Loader, X, Even As We Speak, Jo Meares and Charlie Marshall & The Body Electric.