We are extremely pleased to be able to premiere the first new single from Sydney band Golden Fang since the release of their album last year ‘Here. Now Here’ (reviewed by me here). I summed this album up as being the epitome of the inner west of Sydney – the Marrickville Sound – raw, visceral and teetering on the brink of collapse. New single ‘Breathe’ firmly carries on that tradition: scything razor sharp guitars, self-deprecatory humour and the guttural and yearning yelps of singer Carl Redfern.
Lyrically, the song eloquently captures the feelings of a town deep in lockdown for most of the year. Redfern explains:
I wrote ‘Breathe’ last year during the first rounds of Covid lockdowns. Like everyone else I was catching up on some tele and had watched Nothing Can Hurt Me, the Big Star doco. It left me feeling inspired by their fragile edginess and crisp guitar crunch and this song came out of wanting to get into that feel. I don’t think it sounds like Big Star at all but it was perfect for me at the time and the band latched onto it as soon as they heard it.
The song is about missing your people, getting right with yourself and being a good friend when and how you can, all the while wondering what the fuck was gonna happen to us all.
Redfren’s vocals are urgent and visceral, the instrumentation raw and brutal, and yet there is an ethereal and stately beauty in the track: poignant, defiant and heartfelt. Redfern sings with intensity and deep warmth: please be kind to yourself, be quiet for someone else, let yourself breathe. This is a band that burns intensely with a passion that bleeds into every riff, every refrain and every insistent beat of the drums.
Have an exclusive listen through the link below where you can pre-order the track:
‘Breathe’ is out tomorrow (Wednesday, 13 October 2021).
Golden Fang have also announced the release of their next album entitled ‘Man With Telltale Scars’ due out on 12 November 2021, recorded in January 2021 by Jay Whalley at the Pet Food Factory and mixed by the legendary Russ T Rokk at the Mixbarn.
Golden Fang are:
Carl Redfern – Vocals, Guitar
Teo Treloar – Guitar
Justin Tauber – Bass
Joe Parkins – Drums
Added percussion by Jay Whalley
Additional vocals by Donna Amini