Golden Hours: Japan On My Mind

Golden Hours is an alternative rock band based in Berlin and Brussels, composed of members who are or have been part of acts such as Gang Of Four, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Tricky, The Fuzztones, The Third Sound, and Fifty Foot Combo, along with others. H├íkon Adalsteinsson (guitar, vocals), Rodrigo Fuentealba Palavacino (guitar), Tobias Humble (drums, vocals), and Wim Janssens (bass, keys, vocals) make up the band. 

The band came to life after an encounter in 2021 between Tobias and Rodrigo whilst they were both in Athens, Greece playing the same clubs and festivals; Rodrigo with The Fuzztones, and Tobias with Gang Of Four. Tobias recalls: “Rodrigo and I met first in the back of a van, careering into Athens, the two of us hungover and sweating, distracting ourselves from the perilous journey by barking names of EBM and post-punk influences at each other as our fellow passengers did their best efforts to keep the driver from turning our ride into a Greek tragedy for the ages.” 

The band's self-titled debut album was released through Fuzz Club in March 2023, and includes the track Japan On My Mind, an atmospheric alternative psychedelic rocker.

Janssens describes the song: “This song sounds like Tindersticks meets The Flaming Lips playing together in a bar in Tokyo on a rainy night. Eerie synths and sub-bass are topped off with minimal guitar strokes and riffs, followed by an outro that pulls this 4-minute melancholic trip straight into the void.

In addition to releasing the single, Golden Hours announce that they will be embarking on a UK/EU tour, commencing in September 2023. This tour comes after a successful series of performances in Germany and the Benelux region last month.

Janssens comments on the band and the debut full length: “The musical backgrounds of each member are pretty broad but somehow when we come together there’s a pretty clear definition of what our music should sound like. There’s a beautiful friction between the noise we produce and the love for melody that seems to overtake at just the right moment. There never seems to be a lack of ideas when we come together. In silent agreement, every idea gets tried and will be further developed into a song or skipped in a heartbeat. No time is wasted. It all happens pretty automatically.






GOLDEN HOURS TOUR-DATES

23/09 - London, UK - Strongroom Bar
24/09 - Bristol, UK - The Exchange
25/09 - Manchester, UK - AATMA
26/09 - Exeter, UK - The Cavern
28/09 - Mulhouse, FR - Noumatrouff
29/09 - Montreux, CH - Ned Music Club
30/09 - Schaffhausen, CH - Radio Rasa
01/10 - Bern, CH - Hush Hush
02/10 - Milano, IT - Arci Bellezza
06/10 - Antwerp, BE - Djingel Djangel
07/10 - Vlissingen, NL - De Piek

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