Golden Silvers

Golden Silvers are currently finishing off their debut album, which is due for release a little later in the year after their new single ‘True No. 9 Blues (True Romance)’. We caught up with frontman Gwilym Gold to find out more about what they’re up to.

Golden Silvers are currently finishing off their debut album, which is due for release a little later in the year after their new single ‘True No. 9 Blues (True Romance)’. We caught up with frontman Gwilym Gold to find out more about what they’re up to.

Starting off on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, then touring with Mystery Jets, and having your name touted from here to the rest of Europe must have been quite a whirlwind. What’s been your favourite part of the last 12 months?
It’s been great being able to go out on tour as that’s what I’ve always wanted to do.

Your club night, The Bronze Club, seems to be getting more and more popular every month. Who’s been your favourite artist or band to play?
We always try and put on bands we love at the Bronze Club… a couple of our regulars and favourites are Micachu and the Shapes and the Invisible.

You were recently recruiting fans to be in the video for your next single – what kind of hip young cats did you have turning up to dance to ‘True Romance’? Did you get who you were looking for?
We got all sorts… a purple bishop and three golden girls who were dressed head to toe in Gold!

Your music seems to ‘genre-span’ – for want of a better phrase – has this helped or hindered the way you write? And particularly with an eye to making an album?
I don’t think it’s really affected the way I write the songs…. we tried to approach each song individually when we recorded them for album. I think it is quite unnatural to approach how you record a song with a genre in mind so I think we just tried to do what we thought worked for each song.

A little bit of a tenuous link, but your obsessive metal names make me think of money. Do you have any top tips for beating the credit crunch, doom and gloom that everyone is banging on about?
I remember in The Sopranos a character saying that economic depressions etc don’t effect organised crime or showbusiness so I suppose get into to one of those and you’ll be alright!

You seem to have attracted a DIY ethos to the way your fans dress and the sleeves the 7’s arrive in – what is the most impressive Golden Silvers inspired garb you’ve seen?
There’s been some pretty special efforts seen down at the Bronze Club but the prize has to go to the golden cape that someone made with the Golden Silvers logo embroided into the back of it. We’ve since thought of starting a line in capes.

You’ve been vastly described as reminiscent of Squeeze, The Beach Boys, and perhaps less favourably ‘The Holloways with synths’… who would you be proudest to sit alongside in the canon of popular music?
Out of the above mentioned it would definitely have to be the Beach Boys.

Do you think that Golden Silvers could have come from anywhere else but London? How influential is the landscape on your style of dress and music, if at all?
I think the town we’re from is a great influence if not direct… maybe it contributes to the diversity of what we do.

Do you find that band members with facial hair are given more or less respect?
People always seem to respect the tache.

With Valentine’s having just disappeared around the corner, and some tracks of yours conjuring up dreamy romance – what would be your best, and worst date?
Best would probably be Britt Ecland and Scarlett Johanson in Electric Ladyand, and I wouldn’t really like to imagine the worst!

In the style of Desert Island Discs – which one cover song would you like to take with you, and which item of clothing do you feel you couldn’t live without should the rescue from the island involve being papped?
I’m doing this on my own and it’s a hard question but maybe I’d go for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s ‘If This World Were Mine’ for my record and for the item of clothing it might have to be the Golden silvers cape!