Infectious pop from a trio of underground indie veterans
One of the problems most people have about describing indie bands is that a lot of them sound quite similar — even now, in the long night of that genre. I was pleased not to have to run up against that particular issue when listening to the debut release from Golden Arm.
A four-track record recorded at Edinburgh’s TAPE studio, Inglorious Technicolour is an excellent advert for the band, who’ve been together since last year. Members of Golden Arm were involved with Theatre Fall, Capitals and My Tiny Robots — so I was pleasantly surprised to find a fresh, bright record that was nothing like the gothic synth pop of that latter band.
Lead single Jesus Preserve Us is a low-key earworm, whilst It Was Me and To My Friends are reminiscent of Maximo Park at their best. Lead singer Angus Carbarns’ vocals stretch to David Byrne-esque heights on the math-rock-meets-Talking Heads track Guttenberg, which was by far my favourite from the record.
And if that doesn’t persuade you that Golden Arm are a multiple-trick pony, the band are collaborating with Glasgow-based theatre company Blood of the Young for a new project including works by Claire Duffy and Isabel Wright — it’ll be performed at The Tron theatre in Glasgow on 4 November.
Inglorious Technicolour will be released October 30 on the Shy Fidelity label, with a limited run of physical copies available from the band.