i've been filled up with sin
i let it in
nice and slowly[mp3] too long - goldcure[mp3] make it stop - goldcure
two tunes from goldcure's
new album, portuguese prince
goldcure is adam buhrman, craig haskell (pictured above), gavin inverso and john allison. the band is based in austin, texas, and they cite their musical influences as U2, the beatles, bob dylan, ryan adams, prince, radiohead, the stones, wilco, the beach boys and neil finn. but there are other things behind hooks or tunes or influences or portuguese princes that interest me about these guys.
we sort of randomly did a little Q&A and it was heavier than i expected and so i am grateful to the boys in goldcure (and their producer stephen doster) for being so kind and sharing their inner thoughts...Before Goldcure, Adam and Craig were in the band Lillylock Timber and put out an album titled "Don't Apologize" in honor of Craig's late brother. Can you tell me a little bit more about that and what types of lyrical themes that record was exploring?
The theme of "Don't Apologize" is forgiveness. The lyrics are my response to a letter that my brother Brian left me the morning of his death. His hand penned apology also included Mark Knopflers' written words in "Brothers In Arms". The song begins "These mist covered mountains are home now for me, but my home is the lowlands and always will be" Knopfler later writes, "Now the sun's gone to hell and the moons riding high so let me bid you farewell, every man has to die".
Brian had always been the motivator behind my music. In his letter, he tells me to "Be pure" and to "Turn your emotional scars into inspiration". These two requests I can not claim to have fulfilled, and for that I now apologize to him.
In the months following Brian's death I released what I was able lyrically as my emotions remained numb and poor as an outlet. "Don't Apologize, just close, close your eyes" became the chorus of a song spoken directly to Brian. I open the song stating "I don't need a problem to feel I've got something to solve". This to me paraphrases the search that Brian and I had been on together. A search that admitted life's unknowns in and of themselves are all of our problems. Goldcure is a band of individuals still on that search. Our intention is not to claim we have found them but to be defined by our refusal and inability to stop looking. Where did the band name "Goldcure" come from? What does it mean?
The word Goldcure came from a doctor in the early 1900s working with opiate and alcohol addictions. He found a so called “cure all” remedy which was coined the “gold cure.” Though he found much success in treating his patients, the cure was later found to be a placebo. The people were actually healing themselves.
I read elsewhere online that “Craig allowed Adam's brother Steve to expose his heart in the pages of 'Finding God at Momo's Music Club,' a paper Steve submitted toward his Master of Theology from University of Oxford.” This really fascinates me. Can you tell me any more about this?
It's an interesting paper. My brother Steve decided to move to Austin for the summer to do research for a couple specific papers he needed to write. He saw this place with so much creative energy, and such a deep culture, especially in music and the arts, and he decided it would be the perfect environment for him to write and talk to people in "the scene." This move really directed him to write the paper that you mentioned. Part of his research involved interviewing some of the significant local indie musicians, particularly the ones finding most of their creative outlet at the music club, Momo's. Steve started an ongoing conversation that has potential for even greater things to come out of it. It involves music and art, life and justice, Martin Luther King and history. Steve interviewed many different musicians, and Craig's turned out to be a very significant interview that many people seemed to relate to. Here's a link to Steve's paper if you want to check it out:Finding God in Momo's Music Scene: Theological Conversation and the Prospect of Authentic, Transformative Community in Post-Christian SocietyOkay, so getting to the new album -- I have read descriptions such as “anthemic” and “polished” in describing you guys and your sound. Some people see those as dirty words. You don’t seem to. Why?
I guess I can understand why someone would say the album was polished, but I would be a little worried that they missed the point. One of the reoccurring themes that surfaces on Portuguese Prince is identity. It's about trying to be free in a world with so much uncertainty.
"Anthemic," on the other hand, is a word that has so many important connotations. They involve people coming together in an energized way. Anthems represent the voice of the people; they unify, and at their best they can actually provide the necessary fuel for positive movement, whether it be some kind of personal thing, or a social justice thing, or whatever. I mean almost every person I meet has these important songs that they've discovered that help frame their life, and they carry these songs with them wherever they go. I would call that a sort of personal anthem. I think that is beautiful and powerful.
As far as Goldcure goes I don't think we set out to write "your next personal anthem." We are only trying to write the best music we can, and put something out there that is worth being put out there. We recognize that at times one of our characteristics can be "anthemic" and we never saw that as something to remedy.
As far as being polished I will defer to our producer, Stephen Doster
I will say this, Goldcure was very well prepared and well rehearsed before we went in the studio. A lot of thought was put into the song selection and the arrangements. I would like people to know that Portuguese Prince was recorded and mixed entirely on analog tape without any digital cutting and pasting whatsoever anywhere on the record. That's not to say there were no overdubs, but we based the production on performance. For instance there is not twenty different guitar solos, there is one—the drums were performed live. It was recorded on twenty four track two-inch tape.
Who are some of your current favorite bands?
M. Ward, My Morning Jacket, Dr. Dog and David Bowie Who was the first artist that you truly loved as a kid and why?
In kindergarten I convinced my entire class that Michael Jackson was my father. That soon came to an end when my teacher called my real parents in to expose my fantasies.What is your definition of a perfect live concert experience?
The music and the crowd create this massive energy like you're on a rocket ship holding on for dear life. Craig:
Yeah, that sounds right.
Can you tell me a secret?
Some of our members have been known to wear a bit of women's clothing. goldcure on myspace