With deep roots in Watford’s DIY music scene, vocalist Steve Sears had known guitarist Laurent Barnard 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 Sears, “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.
GOLD KEY live
12-14 Jul – 2000Trees, Cheltenham
31 Aug – Wilkestock Festival, Stevenage
13 Oct – The Cluny, Newcastle
14 Oct – Tuts, Glasgow
16 Oct – Key Club, Leeds
17 Oct – Academy 3, Manchester
18 Oct – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
19 Oct – Camden Underworld, London
21 Oct – Forty Two, Worthing