Gold Baby are your new favourite band – and they're coming to play our St Patricia's Day Fest tomorrow, Saturday 17 March at DIY Space for London! We asked them 10 questions ...
1. Who are you and how did you meet?
We are Siân, Sam, Andrew & Ian. I (Siân) started putting Gold Baby together last year. After coming to London thinking of meeting tons of new musicians, the final line up of the band after a few changes ended up being 3/4 people from Nottingham – Sam, Ian & I met in the music department of Bilborough College in Notts when were just 16. I think 16 year old me would have been buzzing about playing in a band with these guys.
2. What’s best: playing a big venue full of strangers, or a small pub full of friends? A small pub full of friends can end up being a really special night, but it’s hard to compare without having experienced the former. We’ll let you know after the stadium tour..
3. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of.
I feel weird about presuming anyone hasn’t heard of anything, so I’m gonna go ahead and just recommend a record I listened to a lot last year which influenced the writing for the band and that’s ‘Star’ by Belly, an early 90’s band led by the brilliant Tanya Donnelly. They’re playing in London on June 20th!
I recently finished a book called The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It’s a collection of short stories that follows the paths of Nigerian women in Nigeria and America and it’s my favourite kind of book – the kind that is both enthralling, suffused with wisdom and beauty but also which offers you a new perspective on something or tells you more about a world you know little about. The stories of relationships between men and women, parents and children, between friends and family are universal and her writing style is beautiful.
4. One for the guitarists … bore us with the details of your set-up please.
My favourite pedal is my dark glass electronics microtubes vintage, it’s a low gain overdrive pedal that just gives everything a warmth – I leave it on almost always. I’ve got my RAT distortion for when I want to dig in a bit harder and I love my TC electronics Corona Chorus which is really versatile and vibey. Sam and I both play fender strats.
5. What’s the best thing about being in your band?
For me, I just love playing with Sam, Andrew & Ian. There’s something so exciting about taking a song idea to three people who are awesome at what they do and having it turn into something totally different, it feels magic. We all love playing live as well.
6. What are your band goals?
This year we just want to get on as many people’s radar as possible and play loads of shows! We all love writing and playing live and the best part of all of that of course is interacting with people, people getting on board with what we’re doing.
7. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now?
That we have two tracks, Duppy and Feed It! on spotify, bandcamp, soundcloud and all the other internet places you can think of. Have a listen and if you’re into it, tell your friends about us and come along to a show 🙂
8. Give your top 5 contemporary bands.
Car Seat Headrest – I think we’re all a bit obsessed with the prolific, poetic genius of Will Toledo
Dinosaur Jr – huge band inspiration
Dream Wife – these ladies are so much fun
Parquet Courts – Andrew & Sam talk about these guys all the time, so thought I’d stick them on here!
Wilco – just like nothing else. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is one of my all time favourites. What a gem.
Catch Gold Baby live at our St Patricia's Day Fest this Saturday 17 March at DIY Space for London