Dutch avant-garde dark rock ensemble, GOLD, have today announced details of their upcoming album entitled Why Aren’t You Laughing? Having recently signed to Artoffact Records, the new long player will be released on April 5 via the label. The first track to be taken from the album is He Is Not which is premiering – with accompanying video – via Kerrang! magazine. Additionally, the band has announced a run of European tour dates in support of Why Aren’t You Laughing?
Of the track, vocalist, Milena Eva comments: “Death has always been a part of my life. Not only the certainty of it. Often death is just abstract, and I guess for a lot of people that’s how it mostly is. It sticks with me, it has always stuck on me. Death has shown itself in many forms. In the loss of family and friends, as a solution or as a reason to live. He Is Not is about losing someone and dealing with that void and the absurdity of living on, while he is not.”
Milena is adept at detailing deeply personal experiences which are presented in a universal way; her feelings of vulnerability, confusion, indignation, curiosity, and hope provide a springboard for resonance. Whilst much of the album’s poetic lyricism is rooted in the darker side of society and experience, a glimmer of daylight has always permeated GOLD’s sonic output.
The sound of Why Aren’t You Laughing? marries hypnotic gothic vibes with layers of blackened guitars, overlaid with atmospheric, often dream-like vocals. The multi-faceted album is complex in its construction, but by enlisting producer Jaime Gomez Arellano (Paradise Lost, Grave Pleasures), each element is given ample room to breathe – and indeed shine.
Why Aren’t You Laughing? track list
1. He Is Not
2. Things I Wish I Never Knew
3. Why Aren’t You Laughing?
4. Please Tell Me You’re Not The Future
5. Taken By Storm
7. Lack Of Skill
8. Truly, Truly Disappointed
9. Killing At Least 13
10. Mounting Into Bitterness
11. Till Death Do Us Part
As well as presenting Why Aren’t You Laughing? at the 2019 edition of Roadburn Festival, GOLD will tour Europe and play Hellfest this summer. Full dates are as follows:
12.04.2019 – NL – Tilburg @ Roadburn Festival
25.04.2019 – DE – Berlin @ Urban Spree
26.04.2019 – PL – Warszawa @ Chmury
27.04.2019 – PL – Kraków @ Kwadrat
28.04.2019 – AT – Wien @ Arena
29.04.2019 – SI – Ljubljana @ Gromka
30.04.2019 – AT – Linz @ KAPU
01.05.2019 – DE – Jena @ Kassablanca
02.05.2019 – DE – Köln @ MTC
03.05.2019 – FR – Lille @ La Malterie
10.05.2019 – DE – Giessen @ Post Valley Festival
11.05.2019 – NL – Utrecht @ Doomstad/EKKO
17.05.2019 – DE – Lohr @ Umsonst Und Drinnen
23.06.2019 – FR – Clisson @ Hellfest
GOLD released its debut record Interbellum in 2012 on Germany’s cult label Ván Records. No Image followed in 2015 released by Ván in Europe and Profound Lore in the USA, and in 2017 GOLD released its most well-received record to date, the brooding and hypnotic Optimist. The latter was unanimously praised as a tour de force in songwriting, atmosphere, and existential innuendo. On each record, the song craft has deepened and widened as Milena Eva’s poetic lyrics and delivery have connected strongly to the depths of the soul. The band as a unit – rounded out by Thomas Sciarone, Kamiel Top and Jaka Bolič on guitars, Tim Meijer on bass, and Igor Wouters on drums – are primal and whirling; full of life, and yet a memento mori.
Recalling the experimentalism of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the dark and sweet beauty of Kristin Hersh and Throwing Muses, but firmly rooted in a powerful, yet artsy rock vibe, GOLD have tapped into something truly unique. The band’s delicate balance has caught the attention of the likes of Converge, with whom they toured in 2016 and 2017, as well as New Model Army, who invited GOLD as support for dates in 2018.