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Gildon Works

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The debut long player from this beloved Philly sextet is shrouded in gorgeous, shimmering guitar, and is on building lush, moody crescendos that glisten like morning grass in Fairmont [Park]. Early frontrunner for local release of the year. - Philadelphia Weekly

So I’ve had the new Gildon Works album in my hands for a while now, and I’ve been putting off reviewing it. I’ve been kind of intimidated to put this one in words, strangely enough. But I had no doubts that the album was an absolute local gem. So I decided that I couldn’t keep sitting on it, and just needed to share my impressions.
The album starts out very strong, and every track has a very full, rich sound that just sort of washes over you. My mind immediately went to The Verve. Artful Rifle certainly has some of those psychedelic, ambient qualities, but with a modern ‘indie-pop’ twist akin to Arcade Fire. The track ‘Sight Unseen,’ which you can download below, is the perfect example of this. Also check out ‘Seen Pharoahs,’ and the title track ‘Artful Rifle,’ which closes out the album in dramatic fashion. - The Broken Bell

Gildon Works, a 6 piece up and coming band from Philly, have recently released their debut album, Artful Rifle. Spacey guitars coupled with lush organs really set the tone for each song and almost come across as a grand string quartet at moments. This gorgeous sound reminiscent of Pink Floyd carries over precise rhythms that climb mountians and slide into valleys on each track. Slithering their way in between all of these elements are soft vocals that drum up feelings of The Walkmen and Editors. Make no mistake about it, Gildon Works’ Artful Rifle marks a big step for a band to look out for. - Pasta Primavera Music Blog

I often get tired of describing bands by using worlds like “ethereal”, “atmospheric” and “shoegaze”. Yes, all of these words could be applied to “Forth But First” by Philly’s Gildon Works, but none of them would really do it justice. You, my friend, will just have to listen to it and discover its beauty. However, I will say this, it makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. - Walrus Music Blog


LP - Artful Rifle (streaming)
Radio - "Pity for the City" "Forth but First"



Formed in Philadelphia, Gildon Works began in 2006 as the side project of then-Relay- drummer Gerard Angelini (guitar, vocals)
and Cody Ferdinand (bass, vocals). The band played several shows as a four-piece, but as their popularity grew, so did their lineup. Josh Cicetti (guitar), and Stacy Shevlin (vocals, percussion), also from Relay, joined the group and recorded Artful Rifle in 2008 at The Cobbs Studios. After some recent reshuffling, Dave Moylan (keyboards), formerly of Sola and Icy Demons, and Chris Wilson (drums), of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, complete Gildon Works today.
In person, the band boasts a wide wall of sound, tempered by quieter, vocal driven songs. In 2008, GW performed at Popped Festival, and has shared the stage with the French Kicks, Daniel Johnston, Place To Bury Strangers, and many of their regional contemporaries.
Ethereal but physical, Gildon Works throws together a sound that lilts at times atmospheric, but is at its core intense, forceful and demanding. The songs are passionate, but finely crafted. Ambient noise rises and reverberates, like voices from a choir circling an empty cathedral, over songs punctuated with moments of clarity. Strong chords emerge on the first listen, but over time the songs reveal their structural and compositional intricacy, with rhythms layered and nested like Russian dolls.