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"Don't Bring Me Down in The Times"

The Times
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Named after a Neil Young album, Goldrush dream of some melodic seventies singer-songwriter heaven. But as with Starsailor, another band obsessed with the same golden age in rock mythology, there is far more to the Oxfordshire quintet than mere nostalgia. The dewy pop freshness of lovingly crafted tunes such as Wide Open Sky, Landscape and Same Picture recalls Neil Finn, and fans of Travis should also find 'Don't Bring Me Down' worthy of further investigation. But despite their influences, Goldrush manage never to sound derivative on a debut of surging confidence and poise. - The Times


"Don't Bring Me Down in Mojo"

Mojo
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'Grand country rock weepiness plus, on Oxford quintet's debut'

Goldrush moved into Abbey Road Studios the day George Harrison died. Did the grievous mood colour proceedings? Actually, the title track dates from 2000 but the mood of trembling despondency throughout is tangible. Country rock is their template, but Oxford landmarks Radiohead and Ride have elft their mark. With its 1970s weightiness, 'Don't Bring Me Down' richly transcends alt country trends: Landscape could be Traffic, Bright Eyes echoes The Band. Egged on by singer Robin Bennett's husky, verge-of-tears tone, Pioneers and Best Intentions could even be those reigning princes of sadness Elbow, relocated to a sun-whipped Joshua Tree (Gram Parsons would approve of Bennett's lyrical directness - for Best Intentions read Hot Burrito \1). Goldrush can do 'happy' (Same Picture, Wide Open Sky) but they're not fooling anyone. Long may they cry their eyes out. - Martin Aston


"Extended Play in The Independent"

The Independent
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After a bad and brief experience on Virgin, Goldrush bounce back quickly on their own esteemed Truck label, with a seven track mini-album that marks a fine period of transition. Live favourite 'Let You Down' gets a beautiful production by Dave Fridmann, while the brand new 'Counting Song' gives it a run for its money. - Tim Perry


"Don't Bring Me Down in Time Out"

Time Out
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My mother once said - after she dumped her horrific '80s-fave white boiler suit at the charity shop - that only classic pieces stand the test of time. 'Course, she's always right.

Oxford five-piece Goldrush - who supported The Flaming Lips on their recent tour - are not trendy. And the lush, yearning, beautifully spun songs that seep form this debut are aeons away from the thrashed-out three-chord wonders being championed by the current spate of talk-of-the-town bew-wave garage-punk bands. But neither are they cold and conservative.
Fronted by the founders of the Truck label and festival, brothers Robin, 22, and Joe Bennett, 21 (previously known as Whispering Bob), Goldrush take the components of classic songwriting - emotion-drenched lyrics and inspiring melodies - and flood them with truly individual style.

The soft pianos, theremins, Grandaddy-esque electronic effects, slide guitars and psychadelic rock-outs crammed into the Bennett's music make 'DBMD' sound like a mature and soaring sonic indulgence. But the tenderness and innocent openness of their lyrics betray their age. They hide nothing. Hurt and happiness tumble out unrestrained by fear. While one song shund regret - the clear glistening guitar pop of the uplifting current sinlge 'Wide OPen Sky' or the gorgeously melancholic 'Don't Bring Me Down' or the dreamy, Mercury Rev-like 'Best Intentions' - is a hopeless lament to a blundered opportunity.

Goldrush aren't miles away from a more instrumentally ambitious Coldplay. And like the little black dress, they're here to stay. - Alexia Loudras


"Don't Bring Me Down in Uncut"

Uncut
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'First full length from Oxfordshire five-piece once known to the world as Whispering Bob' Enlisting Lenni (Tricky/Bjork) Franchi as co-producer, Goldrush's debut comes fresh from support slots with The Flaming Lips and a quietly compelling string of singles on their own Truck label. 'Don't Bring Me Down' is frequently startling, less for the odd storm cloud of angsty Radiohead guitar but more for the subtly boiling layers of folksy, English country fair acoustica, nifty surprises (a tuba parping its way through 'Bright Eyes') and especially for the singer Robin Bennett's pained Nick Drake tremble. - Rob Hughes


"Don't Bring Me Down in Q"

Q
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'Oxford folky pop troupe's assured, melodic debut'
It's been a wee while since quality pop shook its melodic mane, as boy bands, wannabe Portisheads and faux dancers have blocked the way. Oxford quintet Goldrush tip their hat to the usual pantheon - quiet period Neil Young, Crowded House, non-pubby Beatles - but at their best (the appropriately titled Wide Open Sky might just remind Fran Healy of himself), they have the urgency of The Lightning Seeds. They bring new touches to the table too. The choral coda to Don't Bring Me Down, the disco instroduction to She Comes Around and the refined Coldplay that is Bright Eyes (not that one) testify to a talent willing to push the boundaries, but even more willing to surrender to a winning tune. Delightful. - John Aizlewood


"Falling Out Into The Night in Logo Magazine"

Logo
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An interesting collaboration this, and one that brings out the best of both parties by leading them into less familiar territory. Mark Gardener, lest we forget, was a central pillar of Oxford's Ride who, for a time, looked like they were set to be the biggest of the big three (the other two being, of course, Supergrass and Radiohead). Here the shuffling shoe-gazing ethic of early Ride is replaced by a tauter, more urgent edge, while the featherlight (dare we say, occasionally anodyne) indie of Goldrush is forced to step outside the house and look to the horizon. It's a halfway house that suits both parties exceptionally well, and on the evidence of recent live shows together we'd be doing ourselves a disservice if we don't organise a petition to keep this lot together. - Susie Q


Discography

2002:
Same Picture single
Love Is Here single
Wide Open Sky single
Pioneers EP
Don't Bring Me Down album

2003:
Extended Play mini album
Don't Bring Me Down album reissue
Falling Out Into The Night EP w/ Mark Gardener (ex Ride)

2004:
Ozona EP

All are available from Truck Records. Wide Open Sky is available as an MP3 download from www.goldrush.mu, as are the tracks Counting Song and Let You Down from Extended Play. Wide Open Sky and Same Picture both got Single Of The Week on both BBC Radio 1 and 2, and Let You Down and Wait For The Wheels (from Ozona) have both had airplay on Radio 2.

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Robin, Joe, Hamish, G and Garo have spent the past few years dipping in and out of the Oxfordshire countryside building a studio, starting a record label, running a festival, touring the world, along with the small matter of writing a set of songs with inspiration far from the current climate: Legends like Neil Young, Nick Drake and The Band, and more recent American innovators like Grandaddy and Mercury Rev.

The band have toured with likeminded groups such as Electric Soft Parade, Mark Gardener (Ride), Flaming Lips, and Elbow until it came for them to laid down a stunning debut album at Abbey Road and achieved playlistings on Radio 2, BBC 6, Evening Session and XFM.

Goldrush recorded some their greatest material to date in the form of the "Extended Play" mini-album, released in 2003. The seven tracks include production duties from Phil Vinall (Placebo, Elastica), Lenny Franchi (The Music, Richard Ashcroft) and Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev), with whom they have gone on to record the imminently released Ozona EP and material for their forthcoming album.