Gold Connections, Halo Nellie
Friday, September 27, 8pm doors/9pm show, $7
Charlottesville, Virginia indie-rock
Gold Connections is the full-band vehicle for Charlottesville, Virginia-based singer/songwriter Will Marsh. The band’s debut EP, recorded and produced by Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest, was released on Fat Possum in 2017. The release of this EP included tour support slots with Car Seat Headrest, The Districts, and Futurebirds. They released their debut LP last year and their 2nd EP last month, both on Egghunt Records.
“The year before Car Seat Headrest relocated to Seattle and made the leap from hometown hero to international acclaim, frontman Will Toledo produced a collection of five intricate tracks for another band: Gold Connections. The project of songwriter Will Marsh, Gold Connections is something like the Silver Jews to Car Seat’s Pavement: rich and wandering, hazy and pensive with the sort of thoughtful lyrics and explosive choruses we’ve come to expect from a Toledo production. Recorded in the basement of a DIY venue near Virginia’s College of William & Mary, the band’s newest single “Faith in Anyone,” off their forthcoming self-titled EP, is a stoned spiritual that builds to ambitious new heights.
Against a steady bassline and the buzz of dusty guitars, Marsh writes of suburban resignation, of lingering pains, and the summers between semesters that once seemed without end. “I know, I know, we will never grow old,” he sings. “I could never lose faith in anyone, but there you go.”” – Spin
“Car Seat Headrest – aka Will Toledo – has been knocking out records with prolific speed for almost the last half-decade now, but it was last year’s major label debut ‘Teens of Denial’ that pricked up the ears of plenty and gave him a worldwide platform to build on. Now, Toledo is branching out into production duties, as he’s behind the mixing desk for the first EP from Gold Connections – the brainchild of Will Marsh, who’s been collaborating with Toledo in various bands for a while now.
New taster ‘Isabel’ initially charms with its rough-round-the-edges guitar riffs and endlessly shifting song structure, but what strikes you the most is the vulnerability of Marsh’s lyrics (“I’ve never had a love”) and how naturally it counteracts the spikey garage-rock tendencies.” – NME (Song of the Day)
“His name may not be as familiar yet, but Will Marsh came of musical age right besides Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo. The two met at the College of William & Mary’s WCWM radio station when Marsh was a freshman and Toledo a sophomore. The former joined the latter as rhythm guitarist in an early stage version of CSH before leaving to form his own project, Gold Connections. Toledo returned the favor by providing drums, guitar, bass, and backing vocals on the first Gold Connections recordings, which he also produced, engineered, and mixed. Two years later, March finally released those songs as his band’s 2017 self-titled debut EP.
In 2018, Marsh is finally ready to take Gold Connections to the next level — this time without the aid of Toledo. The band’s debut full-length, Popular Fiction, is set for a May 4th release via EggHunt Records. Produced by Daniel Goans, the 10-track collection introduces listeners to an artist raised on Bob Dylan and seeking a sound like a bluesy Big Star or a softer Rolling Stones.” – Consequence of Sound
“…equal parts ‘90s alt-rock bravado and minimal pop à la The Jesus and Mary Chain.” – Under The Radar
Here’s a couple of videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ntet0cBkdJY
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