Gold Minor

Anybody who says rock n' roll is dead, or at least dormant in San Francisco, obviously hasn't seen Gold Minor live yet. Whether guitarist Adam Dragland is busting out a scintillating solo while literally climbing the venue's walls or lead singer Michael Carney is belting out a soulful ballad like "Kiss The Night," the band infuses new life into a genre that many claim is on life-support. It's a bare basic formula they're working with - loud guitars, blistering drum beats, thumping bass lines - but it's played like the first time Chuck Berry duck-walked across a stage or Elvis Presley thrust his pelvis on the Ed Sullivan show.

It's a refreshing sound and image in a musical landscape largely overpopulated with sad indie rock, emotionally cold electronica or lo-fi garage punks who release EPs without first learning how to play their instruments. The blogosphere may exalt the latest Kurt Cobain wannabes out there, but I appreciate the fact that Gold Minor stretches a bit further back than recent pop music history for their heroes: the proudly blue collar grit of Bob Seger, the atmospheric soundscapes of early U2, the fierce rawness of The Stooges. Rock n' roll should be excessive and sometimes absurdly over-the-top and, at the very least, wildly entertaining. This is a fact the major dudes in Gold Minor intrinsically understand.

Their latest single "Take Me Home" is officially being released Friday night at their Brick and Mortar show. It's a more subdued offering compared to tracks like "The Right Time," and it grooves with a swing more than a crash. But when the booming chorus hits, the feeling is undeniable - this is what rock n' roll sounds like.

Highly Suspect, Gold Minor, The Bad Jones Trio
Brick and Mortar
October 23, 2015
8pm, $15-18 (18+)

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