We have all been in bands before. Baxter was in ‘Disco Pistol’ on Universal Records a long time ago and we were happy to leave it at that, but it’s been such a weird, crazy few years on this planet with Trump and Brexit and COVID etc, and then the general demise of the live music scene in the UK, so there was a lot of subject matter and a lot of stuff to be angry about or motivated by.
Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?
Well, the Gold Supply is a collective of lots of different musicians that will probably be different on each record we make. Baxter writes the framework of the songs but after that people will come and go for each record, the aim is that it’s a different type of band; a living, evolving, changing group of people who bring something different to each record.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
No, not conspiracy theories. We’re passionate about science – as you can tell from some of the samples we use! The world doesn’t need conspiracy theories, it needs evidence-based policy making. Independent, peer-reviewed, published scientific evidence and scientific studies.
What support is out there for new artists in Reading ?
Reading really did have an amazing scene of great bands for a while. It had tons of venues and interesting and talented people doing all kinds of cool stuff. So much of that has disappeared. The venues, the licensing of live music, the audience of all changed massively – it’s a much smaller picture now.
What useless party trick /talent do you have/?
I do an amazing impression of a really angry Glaswegian – with the accent and everything. It’s a special talent which is sadly underappreciated and weirdly it seems that 99.9% of people find it annoying. Who knew?
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Reading Festival was great as there was so much room to run around!!
What was the worst experience on stage?
I guess the sound-limiters, what a nightmare. At one venue in London the sound-limiter would cut the whole power to the building if you went over 20db – one hit of the snare drum and off it went.
Tell us a funny story from backstage?
It’s an old story but I actually played Reading Festival for the first time on the same year/date as Metallica and Marilyn Manson (1997). James Hetfield and Marilyn Manson were having a quiet respectful conversation in a quiet part of the backstage area at the precise time that I threw a jacket potato over the bar. It missed them by about six inches.
If you had to describe your band to an alien how would you describe them?
Aliens would bloody love The Gold Supply. We’re a lo-fi, sci-fi band and we use lots of space and science imagery. We’d tell any alien that we sound like their home planet – it would stop them getting home-sick.
Which one of the band is the most unpredictable and why?
The line up is the most unpredictable thing in this band! If anyone, anywhere wants to join the fun just let me know.
You have one phone call and you have been locked up for a crime you didn’t commit? Which member would you call first?
Out drummer is 6’5” tall so he would break us out. No one argues with a 6’5” drummer. No one.
Whats your biggest achievement as a band?
We’re just a few weeks in to our band. Recording our debut EP (Underwater Completely) in July 2021 is literally the first thing we did and now we want to see if anyone likes it and if we can build any momentum.
What makes you stand out as a band?
We do stand out from others. We use slow trip-hop beats, big bass lines, and then some indie-noise-guitar. It’s a weird mix but it works. Imagine a weird sort of Massive Attack, Portishead, Arcade Fire, Verve mix and you wouldn’t be too far away.
I hear you have a new EP brewing, what can you tell us about it?
Yes, we’re really proud of it. It’s called Underwater Completely and it’s fifteen minutes of slow, chilled trauma! It’s four separate tracks, but they fit together nicely to give a journey from the beginning of the EP to the end. It does have a bit of a sinister side to it that you can pick out the more you listen to it. I think you could listen to our EP on a Friday night or a Sunday morning which is just great.
What was the recording process like?
We enjoyed it so much. We had some samples, sounds, structures and melodies that we were definitely going to use and we knew that they would work for us – but as we were recording we found all kinds of cool ideas, cool mistakes and little sparks of inspiration. If it was possible I would spend half a year in recording sessions!
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the EP?
Leave room for the cool ideas and cool mistakes. Don’t be too tied down to how it was originally written or how you play the songs live, just allow yourself to move a bit and find those bits of genius inspiration.
Would you change anything now its finished?
Honestly? Nothing right now. We’re so proud of it. We’ve only just finished it so maybe we will change our mind in six months time but right now we’re really happy.
What are your plans for the year ahead ?
We have our EP, we have some radio-play, we have a video to shoot so the next thing on the to-do list is to find a small, supportive management company who might be interested in helping us. We have a lot to offer I think, some good songs, a strong image and the good foundations for a strong band.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I think there is an amazing opportunity to use science and technology in a more constructive way: Imagine what good we could do with Twitter, Instagram, Spotify, – the internet generally, if we were able to work globally and in a friendly, constructive way. We don’t need to use the internet for arguing. We don’t need to use Spotify to boost a small number of major record companies, it could be amazing if we aligned behind some common principles. A bit of a dream I know, but it keeps me going!