Goldheart Assembly are a London sextet in their early twenties who have been making waves across the pond for months, thanks in no small part to their sophisticated songwriting and joyous live shows. Their music is full of effortless six-part harmonies and the kind of soaring pop hooks that won’t leave your head for weeks. Following a string of sensational live performances and word-of-mouth fan buzz building, Goldheart Assembly was swiftly recognized by UK press and radio – they scored an NME Radar feature while still without a record deal and were the first unsigned band to record a Radio 1 session for Steve Lamacq in a decade.
After playing their first show together in the fall of 2008, Jake Bowser (keyboards, vocals), James Dale (vocals, bass), Nicky Francis (drums, vocals), Thomas Hastings (vocals, various instruments), John Herbert (vocals, guitar) and Dominic Keshavarz (lead guitar, vocals) went on to release a limited-edition 7” which sold out its 500-copy pressing in
just 24 hours. Since then the band has toured the UK extensively and played most of the major British festivals, including Glastonbury, Isle of Wright and the Secret Garden Party.
Mid-2009 found Goldheart Assembly finally ready to record their debut LP, Wolves And Thieves. The band recorded it themselves in a makeshift studio amongst the old steam engines at the Forncett Industrial Steam Museum, and it was then finished and mixed with Laurie Latham (Echo & The Bunnymen, Squeeze, Ian Dury & The Blockheads) at Helicon Mountain studios in Greenwich. Wolves And Thieves hits all digital stores via Fierce Panda on 3/9, and will be available physically on 3/15.
The band just released the album’s debut single, “King of Rome,” today, and we dare you not to sing along after one listen. They also just launched their new website at http://fiercepanda.co.uk/goldheartassembly/, where fans can enter their email address to download an mp3 of moving Wolves And Thieves track “Last Decade”. Fans can also grab the beautiful, “So Long St. Christopher” below.
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What the press is saying about Goldheart Assembly:
“They take a joyous acoustic beardy bunch of ideas and mess around with them like a cat playing with a ball of string. And they smile at each other on stage – which is so out of character for new bands these days (unless it’s a nervous tick) that it’s actually quite infectious.” – Steve Lamacq, Radio 1
“With vocal harmonies, ukuleles and glockenspiel undoubtedly present, their debut promises to be a sometime-rocky-sometime-slow compilation of sonic goodness that constantly makes you wonder why they reference Camden when they sound like they spent their adolescence on the north-west coast of the U.S.” – Q Magazine
“Everything about these boys is polished, shiny and class as a walnut dresser. The clear crisp harmonies skewer shrivelled hearts, the breathless romp of ‘King Of Rome’ proves Mumford & Sons aren’t the only young folk-rockers with grand plans round these parts and ‘So Long St Christopher’ comes across like a lovelorn Teenage Fanclub.” – NME
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