Golden Red
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Golden Red

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Golden Red @ Soda Bar

San Diego, California, USA

San Diego, California, USA

Golden Red @ Tin Can Ale House

San Diego, California, USA

San Diego, California, USA

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False Horizons (2010 TBA)
Sad Loud Black Sound EP (2009)



Golden Red formed in late 2008 between members of San Diego's River City, Portland's The Walking and brothers Greg and Paul. “We wanted an outlet for some of the darker more haunting songs we were writing as members of other bands.”-Greg. The group began practicing together, each member trying new instruments and styles in an attempt to create songs which were different then what they had produced in their roles in other bands. For instance Paul had never played steel guitar before, so the tones he produced with his lap steel share little in common with the typical twangy Hawaiian sounds heard on the Nashville country records of the past 50 years. Instead he focused on atmospheric swells and arpeggios. “After playing for almost 2 years I still couldn’t play a country song on this thing.” –Paul. This lack of formal training has allowed Golden Red to create a more unique sound.

Quickly after forming, Golden Red began playing local gigs around San Diego. Initially the band had no drummer and because of this it’s most successful shows occurred at art spaces like The Ice Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art Downtown where the audience was quiet and attentive. Bar shows tended to have distracting sounds like clanging bottles which overshadowed the dynamics of the vocal harmonies and acoustic instruments. Successful shows were booked at unconventional venues with like minded bands such as Erika Davies and The Paddle Boat. A strong fan base was formed and in mid 2009 Golden Red self-recorded an EP title Sad Loud Black Sound.

In late 2009 the band decided to add a full drum kit to the instrumentation. “There were so many good bands we wanted to play with but we couldn’t because they were just so much louder than us.”-Arman. The change allowed for much more dynamic shows which had enough energy to come through in even the loudest bar. With this addition Golden Red was able to book more shows with bigger bands and extend their fan base further. Currently the band is recording a new record tentatively titled False Horizons at Controls for the Sun Studios.