"These kids shred balls"
-Bill Stevenson (Descendents, The Blasting Room)
Such Gold formed in 2009 in Rochester, NY - a region steeped in tradition for quality punk and melodic hardcore bands, and DIY ethic. The band quickly released a demo, followed by a series of EPs and split 7”s on labels like No Sleep and 6131 Records.
In 2012 the band released their full-length debut "Misadventures" via Razor and Tie, produced and engineered by the renowned Steve Evetts (Kid Dynamite, Saves the Day, Snapcase). The LP reached #6 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and brought the band instant acclaim with both the hardcore and pop-punk scenes.
As with any budding group there were a few bumps in the road during the band’s formative years, including the departure of a series of founding members. Vocalist Ben Kotin seized the opportunity to fill the void on guitar which sparked a new creative element in the band, and a musical push into new territory. Kotin, guitarist Nate Derby and bassist Jon Markson recruited drummer Matt Covey (formerly of Shai Hulud) to re-develop Such Gold as we know them today.
2014’s "The New Sidewalk", produced and engineered by the infamous duo of Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore (Descendents, Rise Against, Propagandhi), was the first release to feature the modern lineup and a more complex and intense Such Gold. Their new incarnation saw a further exodus from the band’s earlier pop-punk tendencies and found them identifying more with the music they grew up with—fast, riffy, technical and forward-thinking punk and angular, dissonant math rock.
In 2016 the band re-released 2010’s "Pedestals" EP as a re-mixed, re-mastered collection featuring the original release, plus b-sides from the era, on Bird Attack Records - a label founded by the band’s long-time friend Garrett Wadford.
“We met Garrett several years ago while playing a festival in Costa Rica and have stayed good friends ever since,” guitarist Nate Derby says. “It’s been great to watch him grow Bird Attack Records into a record label synonymous with quality punk music and I think he’s long since proven to us that Bird Attack is a worthy home for our band."
The resilient group has spent equal amounts of time touring both domestically and abroad with the likes of Strung Out, PUP, The Story So Far, PEARS, Anti-Flag, A Wilhelm Scream, the Flatliners, Millencolin and more.
Not to be slowed down, Such Gold prepares to release their jarring new EP "Deep In A Hole". This 5-song musical exploration shows off their superior ability to combine catchy melodies and arrangements with a mastery of harmonic color and wild textures. The result spans the bands' sonic past, present and future via their new home at Bird Attack Records. Produced and engineered by the band's own Jon Markson, and mixed and mastered by Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room, "Deep in a Hole" is Such Gold at their best - doing things their own way.
Photographer: Per Schorn