Bars of Gold

 

Bars of Gold

Biography

It seemed Bars of Gold came from out of nowhere. In a sense, that’s true. While they craft precise and angular post-punk hybrids of indie-Americana and amphetamized blues that suggests the dynamic purity one presumes is only attainable in an arty ecosystem like Brooklyn or Portland, these six scruffy, un-ironically flannelled friends hail from an unassuming rural charter township 25 miles outside of Detroit known mostly for its exports of lumber and pickles. Bars of Gold’s exhilarating and woolly debut album Of Gold, as well as its more nuanced follow-up Wheels, will be rereleased and available via Equal Vision Records this season.

Followers of indie-rock and post-hardcore will instantly recognize the throaty howl of Bars Of Gold’s singer Marc Paffi and […]

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It seemed Bars of Gold came from out of nowhere. In a sense, that’s true. While they craft precise and angular post-punk hybrids of indie-Americana and amphetamized blues that suggests the dynamic purity one presumes is only attainable in an arty ecosystem like Brooklyn or Portland, these six scruffy, un-ironically flannelled friends hail from an unassuming rural charter township 25 miles outside of Detroit known mostly for its exports of lumber and pickles. Bars of Gold’s exhilarating and woolly debut album Of Gold, as well as its more nuanced follow-up Wheels, will be rereleased and available via Equal Vision Records this season.

Followers of indie-rock and post-hardcore will instantly recognize the throaty howl of Bars Of Gold’s singer Marc Paffi and the frenetic drum-work of Brandon Moss, as both were founding members of the game-changing ensemble Bear Vs. Shark. During Bear Vs. Shark’ dynamic tear in the early 00’s run, Bars of Gold’s bassist Nick Jones, and guitarists Scotty Iulianelli and Ben Audette, were fresh out of high school, getting their own feet wet in other bands around Detroit.

After Bear Vs. Shark initially disbanded in 2005, Paffi went on to explore visual arts while Moss dove back into the Detroit music scene, forming an instrumental noise-rock band with Iulianelli, Audette, and Jones in 2006 called Wildcatting. Three years later (with one pulse-quickening and cacophonous album released as Wildcatting), Paffi came back into their orbit and started erupting his signature melodic growl and unconventionally poignant lyrics over their practice sessions: Bars of Gold was thus born in early 2009.

The instant “Boss Level” breaks in to open up 2010’s Of Gold you feel like running…not away from anything specific…, but toward something…and toward what—you just don’t know, but it’s a rhythmic arrangement that just gets into your bloodstream, like berserker krautrock or kamikaze house music. The guitars on “Heaven Has a Heater” communicate: action…! Propulsive as a skateboard nearing descending cement stairs and preparing a shred down the railing…Paffi is the most ideal singer on the planet to not only meet and manage the gracefully turbulent instrumental performances but race the pace and become comet-like in leading the trajectory of each song on the debut.

We hear a fitter, finer, fiercer band on 2013’s Wheels, particularly with songs like “(Coffee With) Pele”; almost jet-like in its swift aerodynamic contours and fiery guitars, it builds to a maximally invigorating chorus, with triumphant sounding guitars, elemental vocal yowls and drums that evoke a thrilling sense of superhero-like levitation. Wheels is bookended with “Hey Kids” and “Hey Neighbor,” two of their most refined and explorative pieces, both demonstrating distinctive restraint and a sensibility for building tension and atmosphere, both instrumentally and lyrically, with quieter verses leading to even bolder crescendos. “I’m a believer…” Paffi sings as the album closes… “…but I get things done.”

Yes, these guys sound like they’re from a bohemian Shangri-la of cutting edge stylization and experimentation, but they get things done…they’re blue collar…, they’re from Michigan…, they’re Bars of Gold. Feeling light on guitars, they’ve recently added another, wielded by another former member of Bear Vs. Shark, John Gaviglio. They’ll have new music, now as a six-piece, in the Spring of 2019. Stay tuned.

Members

Scotty Iulianelli - guitar, bass, keyboard
Ben Audette - guitar
Brandon Moss - drums, percussion
John Gaviglio - guitar, bass
Marc Paffi - vocals, guitar
Nick Jones - Bass, guitar

Contact

Booking
Greg Horbal
APA
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Publicity
Ryan Cunningham
Biz 3
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