Whether it’s the big names you’ve been listening to for months or the bands you don’t even know how much you love yet, Gold Sounds 2018 has something for everyone! So, get ready because here are our five favourites that you really don’t want to miss.
The Big Moon
Up first are the indie rock girl gang we all want to be a part of: The Big Moon. Made up of Juliette Jackson, Soph Nathan, Celia Archer and Fern Ford, The Big Moon was formed in London all the way back in 2014, and these ladies have been nothing but on the rise since bringing us their debut single ‘Sucker’ almost four years ago. Since then, they’ve toured with the likes of The Vaccines and The Macabees, even managing to get a Mercury Prize nomination under their belt amidst the craziness of this all. Fun, energetic and with an incredible live stage presence, The Big Moon will be headlining Gold Sounds on Saturday and are bound to leave you craving more.
Even without having released a single yet, Talkboy are tipped to be one of the most exciting new bands you can cast your ears upon at this year’s Gold sounds, and once you’ve seen them live you’ll understand why. Formed only last year, the six-piece indie rock band is made up of familiar faces from Leeds-based bands Fizzy Blood, Laminate Pet Animal and Mother Lover, as well as a few other wonderful additions. Through their merging of genres, beautiful harmonies and clear friendship on stage, a live performance by Talkboy can only be described as an amalgamation of everything new music today should be, and more.
Men I Trust
Smooth electronic music which you can’t help but move to is the best ways to describe Canadian indie-dance band Men I Trust. If amongst the heavier acts of the day, you’re looking for a moment of tranquility, these are the guys for you; unapologetically simple but yet so effective, Men I Trust will whisk you away leaving you feeling blissfully happy and serene. First formed back in 2014, they’re a totally DIY band when it comes to their own music- recording, mixing and mastering it themselves and shooting their own videos. An exciting addition to the indie dance family and one you’ll definitely want to to get down and tap your foot to on Saturday.
American singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers will be gracing the Gold Sounds stage on Saturday, bringing with her her beautifully constructed and lyrically driven songs. If you’ve not yet got round to listening to the California raised singer then now is the perfect time. Having toured with the mighty Julien Baker two years ago, Bridgers has since charmed millions with her acoustic based album ‘Stranger in the Alps’ released last year and is about to embark on yet another tour, even squeezing in two dates with ‘The National’ . Authentic, elegant and yet somehow also wonderfully brutal at times, Bridger’s lyrics tell stories and act as a form of escapism over this hectic weekend.
Dead Naked Hippies
Since emerging onto the Leeds music scene two years, ago Dead Naked Hippies have blown minds with their vigorous riffs and punk ability to tackle issues head on with their lyrical content. Live, their music hits you like a wall of raw sound, unashamed and with a serious sense of urgency. Owning both festival stages and grubby underground venues, their versatility and ability to engage with a crowd is wonderful to watch, and they’ll no doubt be on top form as they play the Gold Sounds stage to a home audience.
Featured image shows Talkboy.