Such Gold has had several incarnations over the years, but in January 2009 the Rochester, New York natives officially solidified their lineup. Ben Kotin (vocals), Nate Derby (guitar), Tim Heald (guitar), Devon Hubbard (bass) and Devan Bentley (drums) had finally found solid ground. Later that year, the band reaped the rewards of their tireless efforts by releasing their much-acclaimed debut EP, Stand Tall. Now, the New York five-piece is ready to showcase just how far they’ve come with their brand-new EP on 6131 Records, Pedestals.
Fans of Such Gold may have been attracted to the band’s pop-punk stylings on Stand Tall, but Derby says that the group has undergone somewhat of a transformation in one year’s time. “We’re completely different people than we were last year,” he says. “A lot has happened to us since we released Stand Tall, and we’ve really grown as musicians. I think the record really shows that. Pedestals is much more mature – I think we’ve finally found our sound.”
Citing influences such as Saves the Day, Hot Water Music, Boys Night Out, The Progress, At the Drive-In and Propagandhi, Pedestals marries the group’s love for old school pop-punk, hardcore and indie rock, without alienating the fans that have latched onto the palatable sound on their first EP. “We all listen to hardcore,” Derby says. “And even though we don’t really play traditional hardcore, we play at the same tempo as most of the bands in that genre and we identify with the music and most of its ideals. We are definitely a hardcore band at heart.”
Such Gold will be touring the world in the upcoming year in support of Pedestals. The band plans to release a full-length album in 2011, but until then, the guys are happy with carving out a space for themselves and the music they create. “I know in my heart that we’re different than a lot of other bands,” Derby says. “I know we’re doing something right.”
Listen to this band and come check them out on their Australian tour in January!