Gold Complex
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Gold Complex

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band R&B Progressive




"It Was Gold, Jerry, Gold. Gold Complex."

On Friday August 22, Gold Complex played to a nearly packed crowd at Lee’s Palace, following openers Gingerale & the Monowhales and Juice. It was amazing how after Juice, another jazzy band, Lee’s Palace transformed from just another local band night to a hopping, busy affair once Gold Complex hit the stage. Over the summer Gold Complex has hit the Toronto music scene with two singles, “Tread On Me” and “Not Another Love Song”, accompanied with two videos. Their sound is influenced by the likes of Motown or Stevie Wonder, with a soul, jazz, pop style, which is designed to be enjoyed live, as how lead singer Will Bowes wants Gold Complex to be experienced.

Their set had a good mixture of slower, down tempo songs and more energetic ones to get people dancing. The twists and turns were abundant, from crooning “why do you come around just to tread on me?” to “I just want to feel your backbone” to “we don’t need another fucking love song.” I found the finale of “Not Another Love Song” to be humorous, almost like the band was saying “fuck what we just did”. However, the couple that was slow dancing earlier didn’t seem to mind as they went right into bobbing up and down.

What was really impressive was the charismatic performance by lead singer Will Bowes, who is also pursuing an acting career, where that comfort on stage definitely translates during his musical performances. He slithered and slid on stage while executing a stompy dance move, and his earnest efforts paid off as by the end of the set he had the whole crowd eating out of the palm of his hand. It was enjoyable to see that kind of stage presence from a relatively novice band, and is the first thing that comes to mind when looking back on the show.

However, props still have to be given to the band as a whole, where everyone was playing tight. Although a lot of the show seemed like “The Will Bowes Show”, in the end the love was spread to the whole band with a few well timed solos from the sax and keyboards respectively. The sax had a great sound that gave the set an organic feel, especially during the encore cover of “Latch” by Disclosure, which sounded more sultry than I’ve ever heard in a recording. Will made a point when talking to him that Gold Complex is about the whole band and their chemistry on stage, as could be seen when he was running around stage giving each member a supporting touch, which was a nice touch.

Overall, Gold Complex played an impressive set at Lee’s Palace on Friday. They provide a fun atmosphere and have consistently filled up their venues which only adds to the fun. Check out their two singles “Tread on Me” and “Not Another Love Song” and mark October 3 on your calendar, when they are playing next at Sneaky Dee’s. - The Indie Blender (Eric Stober)

"A Breath of Fresh Air"

In a sea of generic bands, that seem to be striving for stardom more than creating good music, Gold Complex is a breath of fresh air, providing great original songs, delivered through a unique and progressive sound. This band isn't just trying to get people dancing or partying (which they do), they are trying to get people to feel something, which is what I think music should is all about. Expect to see The Flow and Gold Complex performing together in the future! - Ted Clow, lead singer for The Flow

"Show Review - Shaemara, Saishubi & Gold Complex"

Gold Complex closed the night with a set full of a soulful fusion of R&B, pop, and jazz. The group’s blend of all these elements is what contributes to their dynamic, unstoppable sound. It’s the type of music that hits you when the first chord strikes, taking over and urging the audience to dance, groove, and have a good time. Tight beats, funky riffs, impressive falsetto and an energy that just won’t quit are what make Gold Complex absolutely flawless. While it’s clear that all the members are highly skilled musicians, the fact that they have so much fun on stage is what ties it all together. If you ever have a chance to check this band out, do it. Don’t even hesitate. But in the mean time, check out their single Backbone off of their latest self-titled EP. - Canadian Beats


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Toronto’s Gold Complex fuses classic soul with pop and R&B into a fresh sound that is all their own. The dynamic septet regularly headlines renowned Toronto venues such as Lee’s Palace, The Rivoli and Adelaide Hall. Gold Complex recently placed 2nd at Indie Week Canada 2015, and their debut single "Backbone" has since been in regular rotation on CBC radio nationwide. Their self-titled EP, described by Errol Nazareth as "smooth, catchy and sexy" highlights the band's original style and musical diversity, which draws influence from many directions. The band is excited to head back into the studio in March 2016 to record their debut full length album. 

Gold Complex is grounded in their love for energetic live performance and is excited to bring their powerful sound to bigger audiences around the globe. As music blog The Indie Blender describes, Gold Complex is an “electric live experience that can’t be missed.” The debut EP is available both digitally and physically on Bandcamp, iTunes and online music vendors worldwide.

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