Solid Gold Set To Dazzle Madison

Solid Gold

“This totally, TOTALLY addictive piece of laid-back, twinkling Minneapolis funkiness, has us mercilessly hooked.” – NME

“A slinky, sexy, sophisticated mix of indie, electro and soul; like if the Purple One fronted Death Cab For Cutie.” – MTV Buzzworthy

“The macho/possibly homoerotic Kenny Loggins song from Top Gun gets an impressive electro-soul do-over from the Minneapolis-based Solid Gold. Well done, Midwest!” – Nylon Magazine

The Annex is be the place to be on Saturday night, as the much-buzzed-about Minneapolis-based new wavers Solid Gold are set to send you dreaming.  This is the perfect band for all you rock lovers who need a little glam in your life.  You might say they’re the David Bowie to your Mick Ronson.  Nice, eh?  Read on to find out more about the rising star of Solid Gold and grab your tickets to their Madison show now!

Saturday, April 3, 2010


The Annex – 9:30pm $10 adv and dos – 18+

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Solid Gold

The background: Solid Gold are as good as anything you’ll hear in a while. They make downbeat dance music, sad synth-pop, melancholy club tracks, which might sound like a contradiction in terms but not to those of you who have, over the past 25 years, appreciated artists from Pet Shop Boys to Junior Boys.

They come from Minneapolis, the home of Prince, but you won’t get any upbeat freak-funk here. This is music for the mourning after the failed night out before. It’s pretty dour and dark for dance music. We name checked the PSBs and the JBs just now, but there’s a vast difference, in terms of success, between one and the other. The former were global megastars, the latter “mere” critics’ darlings. We’re not sure what the market is these days for the sort of sorrowful techno that Solid Gold purvey, but it sure is a lovely sound.

They’re almost destined to remain cult favorites with a name like that. Bands who invoke success in their name or the name of their records usually end up in the bargain bin, and we have no idea why. Big Star were not big stars, they sold a couple of thousand albums at most, and that goes for their 1972 debut LP, titled rather optimistically #1 Record. The Pop Group were not a popular group (or, for that matter, a pop group), although in their case you could argue they were inviting us to think critically about what a pop group is or does. Come to think of it, Gang of Four’s second album, Solid Gold, did not go gold, solid or otherwise.

Like Junior Boys, though, Solid Gold have succeeded in a way, because they’ve released an album’s worth of exquisitely doleful disco, Bodies of Water, and that’s probably enough. It sounds to us like the best thing of its kind since, well, JBs’ epochal 2004 debut, Last Exit. It’s not quite as inventive as Last Exit, which brought all manner of glitchy textures, clicks’n’cuts FX and Timbaland-ish R&B jerk-beats into the forlorn synthboy format. But it comes close, and it’s got the same breathy, wispy, not androgynous but drained-of-passion male vocals. Current single “Get Over It” is a neat way in.

“Synchronize” is like Justice at 18rpm. “Who You Gonna Run To” stacks minor-key synth chords over choirboy sighs. “Bible Thumper” is faster but still manages to be suffused with regret and gloom. “Getaway” actually does get a bit glitchy and jerky, neither detracting from the sense of desolation provided by the chorus. “Ditto Sound Asleep,” which includes feedback and a rap and still sounds like music for the funeral of a friend, although not, thank God, Funeral for a Friend.  Ladies and gentlemen, Solid Gold are unsigned.

Check out the recent Daytrotter Session from Solid Gold.
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