Watford’s Gold Key reveal a new video for current single Mechanical World. Focusing on technology’s ability to isolate, guitarist and vocalist Laurent Barnard explains “We depend on technology to fulfil our idea of perfection. Playing god is destined to lead to failure and we wanted to demonstrate that in our video.” Watch here
Showcasing a new dimension to the Watford quartet’s kaleidoscopic sound, Mechanical World is the first fresh cut from Gold Key since last year’s debut album Hello, Phantom. The track premiered on BBC Radio 1 Rock Show, and is featured in Consequence Of Sound’s Top 10 Songs for July. Abrasive, grungey riffs, combined with hammering, stadium-worthy drums and Steve Sears ability to effortlessly switch from an emotive and haunting vocal, to a gritty and explosive chorus. He explains “It’s a song about feeling suffocated by the world, not being able to shut off from the technology we simultaneously rely on. It’s easy to moan about the evils of social media whilst being totally addicted to it. Nearly all of us have created our own artificial world – an alternate reality where we constantly look successful and happy through the photos we have chosen to share with the world.”
With deep roots in Watford’s DIY music scene, Steve had known guitarist Laurent for many years and produced records for his punk band, Gallows. However it wasn’t until 2016 that the duo decided to sit down and write together, wanting to really push the boundaries of their careers to date. It wasn’t long before the line-up was complete, with the addition of drummer Jack Kenny (Nervus / Blackhole) and James Leach (Sikth) on bass. Musically, however, Gold Key bear very little similarities to their other projects. It’s a space where the musicians embrace experimentation, and revel in the unexpected. “I’ve never wanted to be a stagnant musician”, explains Steve, “We’re constantly trying to push ourselves out of the comfort zone, whether that’s through learning to play the mandolin or using furniture for percussion”.
2017’s brilliantly ambitious debut album Hello, Phantom (Venn Records) is testament to their free spirit, garnering praise from rock press across the board (KKKK – Kerrang!, 4/5 – Planet Rock, 7/10 – Classic Rock, 7/10 – Metal Hammer) alongside BBC Radio 1’s Daniel P. Carter and Kerrang! Radio’s Alex Baker. Planet Rock Magazine editor Paul Brannigan also named Hello, Phantom as his #1 album of 2017.
Hello, Phantom fuelled a plethora of live opportunities for Gold Key last year, with highlights including tours alongside Arcane Roots and Grave Pleasures.
Fresh from playing Download Festival, alongside supporting Alexisonfire and Cancer Bats at a sold out Brixton Academy, Gold Key’s next port of call will be 2000Trees festival followed by a UK tour with Black Peaks this October.
Gold Key have spent early 2018 working on the anticipated follow up to Hello, Phantom. Watch this space for further news.