Wellington, New Zealand's the Golden Awesome
» The record is called "Autumn", even though it's spring down there.
These Kiwis dropped into town last week during CMJ and dripped '90s shoegaze all over the proceedings. A wall of guitar is at the forefront, adressing everything with a polite "how's your news", and then moving on to pretty harmonies, ranging from whispery, breathy high notes to strong low howls that remind me of the few Electrelane songs where they kind of chant. Nothing is moving as fast as Electrelane, though – the Golden Awesome like to maintain that 4/4 that really allows notes to grow and resonate between being played. A good record for a scene in a movie where a bunch of really intelligent people have been invited to a dinner party but the hostess spiked the soup with DMT and now everyone's wiggling around on a beautiful carpet, staring at the ceiling with glassy eyes.
The Golden Awesome play Boston tonight at Zuzu's, but then they truck it back to New Zealand. Here's two tracks for you to check out if you can't make it to the show.