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Published on March 15th, 2011 | by Lisa McInerney


New (Hugely Recommended) Music: The Gold Standard

Ok, I’ll admit it. I’m biased. In a lock-in, in a bar on an island, I was once witness to The Gold Standard’s Muireann stunning the whole raucous place into silence with her amazing voice, and I’ve been a huge fan ever since.

Cork band The Gold Standard are Patrick, Dom, Muireann and Steve. They play lush, harmony-laden guitar pop, quilted together from all the loveliest musical bits and pieces – “contemporary indie rock on both sides of the Atlantic, late seventies post-punk, the melodramatic excesses of the eighties and the occasional snippet of fuzzed-out shoegaze” … Oh gosh, doesn’t that intro just make you want to kick up your heels to match the buzz in your tummy? Ah, it does.

The group have just completed a nationwide tour supporting Ham Sandwich, inspiring Podge Sandwich to describe them as “scary musicians”. I have to assume he means scarily talented, because this here double A-side is a great big pop dreamboat. Riding A Wave/You People are two songs earmarked for LP#1, the sessions for which are ongoing. To which I say, Mighty! You can download both – FOR FREE – from Bandcamp.

You Dubs can catch The Gold Standard on March 25th at The Sweeney Mongrel, Dame St. with Zealots and Swords. Scoot along, do, because if I had a hat I’d stake it on these guys being The Ones To Watch. Theirs is a sound I’m genuinely excited by.

What d’you mean, why don’t I have a hat? It’s coz I get terrible hat hair, alright?

The Gold Standard on Facebook.

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That cranky young wan from award-winning blog, Arse End Of Ireland, Lisa’s also noted for her dedication to cobbling together unrelated imprecations to make new and bemusing insults, mostly because she’s not eloquent enough to otherwise explain her deep-seated terror of genre fiction and Fianna Fail. In 2006, The Irish Times called her “… the most talented writer at work in Ireland today”, and her mam still can’t understand why this is better than being the new Marian Keyes. Which it totally is. Alright? Website Twitter: @SwearyLady Facebook.com/sweary Last FM: LeislVonTrapp

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