Goldfinger Start a New Day on 'Tijuana Sunrise': Exclusive

Lindsey Byrnes 

Typically a sunrise is meant to symbolize the beginning of a new day, but to Goldfinger, it means you've made it through the night before.

On “Tijuana Sunrise,” the latest off their upcoming album The Knife (due out July 21 via Rise Records), the band hits all the notes that Goldfinger fans have been craving since their last outing, 2008’s Hello Destiny… Despite the nine-year gap and lineup overhaul, the band has been able to retain their unique energy, as lead vocalist and songwriter John Feldmann keeps the core focus of songs personal but fun.

"'Tijuana Sunrise’ is a song about my youth growing up in San Diego,” Feldmann tells Billboard. “I survived those days in Mexico by seconds and inches…One of my roommates was kidnapped by a man named El Diablo… And I wrote this song about my experience back then.”

The track adheres to Goldfinger’s ska core but suggests a good deal of growth in the band’s sound. The light, stripped-down production and accessible lyrics create the vibe of an adult singalong, while the classic horn accompaniment acts as a familiar dressing that never overpowers the mix.  

The maturity and balance should come as no surprise, as Feldmann has reached legitimate veteran status in his own right, after racking up producing and songwriting credits for the likes of Panic! At the Disco, 5 Seconds of Summer and Blink-182 during the band’s hiatus.

It’s the ideal fresh start that Feldmann has sought for the band’s return. Joined by guitarist Phil Sneed (Story of the Year), bassist Mike Herrera (MXPX), and Travis Barker (Blink-182) on drums, the new album promises a bit of the old with a healthy infusion of the new. Feldmann remains the heart and soul of the group, but shows little resistance to collaborating with many of his contemporaries and acolytes, including 311’s Nick Hexum, Mark Hoppus of Blink-182, and Twenty One Pilots drummer Josh Dun, who are all set to appear on the upcoming album.

Fans clamoring to hear the latest iteration of Goldfinger only have a week to wait until The Knife is available everywhere on July 21. The band is also playing select dates on Warped Tour this summer, along with dates in Europe and Canada. All tour dates posted can be found here.

Check out “Tijuana Sunrise” below.