GOLD CAGE release debut album SOCIAL CRUTCH and share video for SHADOWS

March 27, 2020
Photo by Miguel Vasconcellos


LA-based post-punk-tinged slowcore trio’s debut album Social Crutch released today via Felte

New visualiser shared for ‘Shadows’

LA slowcore trio Gold Cage’s debut album Social Crutch is released today, and the band are celebrating by sharing a new visualiser video to go with ‘Shadows‘. The album is out via Felte and you can order it here:

The band explain the track: “Shadows” is the first song we wrote — after playing for about 15 minutes, we had the final arrangement. There wasn’t any conversation beforehand about what we were attempting to do, it just happened. 
The lyrics provide an existential metaphor in regard to absence of perception. To fathom, yet never comprehend. Like a dog chasing its shadow, ‘it belongs to you, but you can’t see.'”

Social Crutch is the debut full-length album of Los Angeles-based post-punk-tinged slowcore trio Gold Cage. Comprised of singer/bassist Mony Katz, singer/guitarist Cole Devine, and drummer Sage Ross, the band combines dreamy guitar loops, delicate, dueling vocals, and slow, driving tempos to create spacious arrangements that shimmer with atmosphere.

Warmed with tape saturation, Social Crutch is an exercise in measured minimalism, with every tone carefully sculpted to fill the vast space of each track. Shoegaze, reverb-drenched guitars evoke Galaxie 500, Yo La Tengo, Deerhunter and even Rowland S. Howard. Yet  Social Crutch remains very much in the present, thanks in part to the band’s ability to marry a range of influences into thoughtfully structured songs. Throughout the album, Katz’s and Devine’s equally laconic, whispery vocals elevate each song as they drift in and out of each other, sometimes softly colliding in gorgeous harmony. 

Album opener “Repeater Kember” captures the band’s ethos with a decaying guitar loop that sustains and repeats for nearly all of the song, save for a heavy climax. The crest fades shortly after it begins, highlighting the band’s penchant for subtlety and restraint, even during the album’s crescendos. While Social Crutch is full of satisfying slow burns, upbeat moments such as “Halcion” and “Shadows” showcase Ross’ drumming, which provides a sturdy backbone with enough allowance for the catchy guitar ‘hooks and vocal melodies’ magnetism to shine.

Order Social Crutch here:


Repeater Kember
Introduce My Mind
What Is Left

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