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Goldbaby: Versailles – track of the day

Our track of the day is by the supertalented indiepopstars Goldbaby: ‘Versailles’ is out today, and it’s a treat(y). [Groan, please stop – Ed.] A more mellow vibe than we’ve come to expect from the London trio (Siân, Scott and Sara), who recorded the track remotely during lockdown. Siân tells us:

‘Versailles is a song that just came out one day, like a splinter that I didn’t know had been buried there. I think the thing is with songs like that, that they’re usually brewing for a long time in the back of your mind before they turn into something; Fiona Apple says about her songwriting, that she walks around with an antenna up, collecting stuff and one day something is full up and you can just sit there and vomit out a song. I know that with this one, that years before it existed, I wrote in a notebook ‘there’s barbed wire between us whenever we speak’ and I guess a seed was sown.
Anyway it seemed too earnest, and maybe a little too lo-fi to suit our sound, but messing around in the practice room one day, we tried it and it just worked. There was something about putting the pieces of it together between the three of us that captured the space in the song perfectly; the space between two
instruments, or two sections, or two people. It became a change of pace in our set and a staple at shows in that beautiful world where live music existed.
When lockdown happened and our plans to record our EP were indefinitely postponed, we wanted to find a new way to create together, and it seems fitting that this ended up being the song that we chose to play around with. Versailles, a song about connection, was the song that united us from our separate spaces, pushing us out of our comfort zones as we recorded our parts remotely and sent them to each other (and Ian!) [their Producer Ian Flynn]. Working on this song in cyberspace gave us a new challenge as a band, but mostly it was just lovely to have a creative thread connecting us from us our separate bunkers during those weird, long and shitty lockdown months.

LOUD WOMEN Online: SIEL LIEN, Jess Kemp, Beth Munroe & Gold Baby – Friday 15 May from 8pm on Facebook live

Throughout the lockdown, LOUD WOMEN will be continuing our mission to get female voices heard, via whatever means is available!

Join us on the internet for a Friday night live streaming gig featuring:
Jess Kemp Artist
Beth Munroe Music
Gold Baby – a solo set from Siân

Totally free, totally brilliant, and you can wear your cuddle-clothes.

Broadcasting from the LOUD WOMEN Facebook page – www.facebook.com/loudwomen – from 8pm – Join us!

Gold Baby: Dogbone – in her own words

Photo by Keira Anee

London’s Gold Baby play the kind of breezy fuzz-pop that raises the hairs on your arms, and the soles of your shoes too. They’ve been storming the DIY gig scene lately, fast becoming what the PR slicksters call ‘ones to watch’. So we’ve gone and booked them for a LOUD WOMEN show at the Hope & Anchor on 11 April, so we can all get to see ’em before they get enormous! In the meantime, Gold Baby’s powerhouse Siân Alex, told us in her own words all about their gorgeous new single, ‘Dogbone’.

Dogbone is the sound of screaming that you don’t care about something, when the fact that you have to say it at all, shows how much you do.

It’s weird, I didn’t realise that until I’d written it. I thought I was writing a song about how sad it is when memories are reframed by the things that come along afterwards that change the way you look back on them. I kept coming back to this idea that memories can change colour with time. I wanted to feel sentimental about certain things and I just didn’t anymore; I felt numb and I thought it was the saddest thing ever. But by the time we’d recorded the track, I realised that all that energy I’d used trying to tell myself and everybody else how much of a shit I didn’t give, was only proof of how much I still cared. It was therapeutic.

Listening back, I can hear how much my mentality at that time played into the songwriting and arrangement and how it’s influenced what the band has become. I’d been putting my heart and soul into Gold Baby and we just had such unfortunate luck with band members which meant that for a long time nothing took hold, we were always rebuilding. Each time someone left, I took it personally. I wondered what more I could be giving, and I compromised a little more of my creative vision. I was trying to be accommodating but by the time I started writing Dogbone I was seeing it in a new light – my fear of ever being the boss, my over-awareness of being fair and accommodating was like driving in a bus with no direction and asking people if they wanted to get on board.

I was listening to a lot of Speedy Ortiz and Hop Along at the time, two of my favourite bands, both led by strong women who’ve spoken either in their music or in interviews about being a woman working with others in music. I think it’s a real insidious habit for women, one we sometimes don’t know that we have, to undermine ourselves and our ideas or abilities for the fear of being bossy or naggy. I was writing Dogbone at a time when I finally had a little fire in my belly, an overwhelming desire to kick out, take up space and stop deferring to others. I was angry, mostly with myself. I sat down and wrote this guitar part I couldn’t play yet and went on in the studio to record way too many guitar parts that we ended up cutting. I felt like I was throwing myself through a wall I’d built in my brain, just to show myself what I was capable of.

That seems like a long time ago now, in the way that things sometimes do when circumstances feel very different to the ways that they once did. Gold Baby now consists of myself, Scott and Sara. Sara came on board shortly after we recorded Dogbone and Scott and I worked on Dogbone together with the brilliant mind of Ian Flynn, who produced the track. The band feels like a family now, and together we’ve been writing, rehearsing and gigging as much as possible over the last six months, building something strong, open and honest together that feels like what Gold Baby was always destined to be. Now we’re just looking to the future, making plans to gig, record and get out there as much as possible.

We’re currently recording an EP for release in the spring and are writing our first album. We can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on and are very excited to take 2020 by storm.

Siân Alex x

Dogbone – Gold Baby – Lyrics

Am I supposed to be sentimental?
Am I supposed to keep the way I felt
Keep all the photos inside my wardrobe door..
There was the first time, decayed in my mind
Why does the hangover have to come last?
We could have framed it, but then you changed it
The wind blows and some things stick like that

And it doesn’t mean shit to me now
It doesn’t mean shit

I got enough friends
I’ve got enough things
I’ve got enough memories to peruse
I cleared the house out
I got your stains out
yet all I see is you

And it doesn’t mean shit
it doesn’t mean shit

You are not the only one
You’re not the hope that I hang myself from
You’re not too long in bed or the song in my head
You’re no-one

You are not the dogbone
Or the wishbone
Or the rerun
Or the shit on my phone

You’re no-one
You’re no-one
You’re no-one
You’re no-one

You are not the drunk drive home
Not the length that I can’t go alone
You can’t have 3am or the time that it might take to mend

You are not my anyone
Not the name on the phone to my mom
Not the draw or the cut or the bruise in my gut
You’re no-one

Catch Gold Baby live 17 Feb with Hurtling and Schande, as they launch yet another awesome single – Japanese Racehorse – at the Waiting Room, Stoke Newington

AND catch them 11 April at LOUD WOMEN’s Easter Party at the Hope & Anchor, with Pussyliquor, Jeff, Woman Your Stole, Telgate and Jemma Freese

Gold Baby: 10 question interview

Photo by Keira Anee

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