Joy Division comparisons not withstanding, Gold Class have a very unique sound. There are some shades of Joy Division but with more of a swagger and engaging performance style which (according to NME who witnessed them live at SXSW) isn’t anything like the cold and distant performance of Ian Curtis. Singer Adam Curley’s performance is supposedly more like Peter Murphy from Bauhaus or Nick Cave, where audience involvement is sought and keeps people in a state of transfixed bliss. That all sounds great to me.
Gold Class are known for their electrifying live gigs, something that I’m looking forward to checking out myself when they come to Auckland in July.
The first single off the new album is called Life as a Gun. But my favourite is Twist in the Dark, which brings to mind all kinds of midnight shenanigans in Melbourne. Their lyrics touch on sex, politics, alienation and all of those darker sides of humanity which post punk of older eras captured to great effect. The album ensnares all of the brooding and dark energy of a current forboding era in the world that we’re living in. Singer Adam Curley has a great voice. I can’t wait to witness them on stage.