Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the residual effects of a musical gathering like Summerfest is that you get exposed to all manner of talented bands that you otherwise might never have come across. Another of the residual effects is sunburn. Oh, and hangovers. But neither of those make for good subjects of blog fodder. That's why you're reading about Golden Cities. Golden Cities is an indie-rock band that started about three years ago. They're expansive musically, nimble-fingered lyrically and just generally enjoyable to take in. But perhaps their best quality - if you happen to be over 28 years old, at least - is that they've just about perfected the "You Don't Have To Be A Scenester To Enjoy This" vibe. Theirs is a very mature, very fulfilled sound. It doesn't grasp at coolness like a lot of bands do, nor does it purport to be trendy or in the know. They just sort of exist, and sometimes that's exactly what you need. So we reached out after their SF performance to cut it up about their show, the best Sean Connery movie you've never heard of and the evilest cartoon villain of all time. Hit the jump. Rocks Off: So, first things first, how was Summerfest for you all? Golden Cities: Summerfest was hot! I was really impressed with the lineup. Although I missed the Flaming Lips, I am glad Houston had a chance to see them. I think the festival will continue to grow. I am excited to see what the fest will produce in the years to come.
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RO: Second, isn't "first things first" a ridiculous phrase? Of course first things go first. That's why they're first. You can't have second things first. Then they'd be the first things anyway. Right? GC: Its always good to mix it up. Or answer the wrong questions with the right answers. Like, yes we are going in to record at Sugarhill Studios in July. We are super excited to work with those guys. They have kept Houston fresh for so long. We are stoked! See what I mean*? *This is the best, most career-efficient response to a nonsensical interview question in the history of the Artist of the Week. RO: Is there a better feeling than watching someone you actively hate fall down? We ask because we saw that this past week. It's glorious. GC [laughs]: I'll take the fifth on that one. RO: Of course, that last question was a (crappily conceived) segue into a question about "The Beautiful Immortality of Death," probably our favorite Golden Cities song. What's going on with that? Can you explain that song please?
GC: Well, there is a crazy movie called Zardoz that was made sometime in the '80s with Sean Connery. It was basically a post-apocalyptic film about an enclosed society that lives forever. That song is about the last scene where everyone gets slaughtered. It's pretty nuts. I guess you have to watch it. At the time, my life involved some really interesting situations. This song is the result. RO: Ooh, we've been thinking a lot about this lately, so let us ask you: Has there ever been a more gnarly cartoon villain than Scar from The Lion King? That guy was so ill. We mean, he killed his own brother (Mufasa), made said brother's son (Simba) think he was responsible for the death, tried to kill Simba, ran his pride into the ground, made an unholy pact with the hyenas, then when Simba tried to return and take over he tried to convince everyone again that Simba was responsible for Mufasa's death. And when that didn't work, he tried to blame it on the hyenas, then tried to kill Simba again. He's raw, right? Who's fuckin' with him? Shredder? Skeletor? Please. GC: Scar is pretty brutal, but in honor of our guitarist Bryan Smith, I would have to reference the Joker. Scar didn't rock the super-creepy makeup or put a bomb into some crazy guy's chest. That is super-brutal. RO: Anything you want to make sure gets mentioned? Now's the time to do it. GC: Jody Stevens ( I am eating her cupcakes right now!), Bucky, Babar (Denton, TX), KTRU (Ian Wells!). Listen to Golden Cities online at www.myspace.com/goldencities.