Goldroom Wants to Give You Free VIP Tickets, But You'll Have To Work For Them: Exclusive

Catie Laffoon


A beautiful woman and her doting partner set off on the bright blue seas of Southern California searching for adventure and romance. It's like something ripped from a dream, but as with so many dreams, there's something just not right in it. Something deeper lurks beneath the surface.

“The idea of a happy sunny day, we wanted a couple hints that maybe it's not exactly what you think is happening,” says Goldroom's Josh Legg about his video for “Lying to You.” Directed by the acclaimed Tim Nackashi (the man behind OK Go's “WTF" and Neon Indian's “Polish Girlfriend"), the treatment was inspired by Legg's own hobby of sailing (he plays the curmudgeon captain) and old French thrillers.

The song lulls you into a false sense of perfection, but faces soon darken, the mood begins to chill. Before you know it, what you thought was a beautiful woman becomes anything but, and a playful day at sea is one strange trip.

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“I don't overtly try to make things sound tropical or happy, but people tend to call the music very summertime, optimistic, positive, and uplifting,” Legg says. “The truth is, music is pretty escapist for me, and there's a lot of situations where there's hope in the music and nostalgia, but all of it is driven by a sense of loneliness or me being on tour, yearning for something I don't necessarily have.”

“Lying To You” is the first single from Goldroom's debut album West of the West, a record that even in its title hints at a fantasy beyond our own world. In a way, it's Legg's love-letter to his adopted home in Southern California. He grew up idealizing the subtropic climate and Hollywood glimmer of the Southwest United States, and even though he's lived there for a decade, he still holds fast to his romantic notions.

It's an album heavy with songwriting, still electronic but not quite so dance floor forward. He calls it his “Americana” album, and he's looking forward to finally sharing this collection of new material with fans on the road.

“It's daunting to think about, but it's also really exciting,” he says. “I've been playing a lot of the same songs for years, and now I get to show the world what I've been saving, what I've been working on for so long.”

He's hitting the road with Autograf on Sept. 30, just days after the West of the West's official release on Sept. 23. He hopes you can make it, and just to spice things up a bit, he's teamed with Bacardi to give away 10 tickets, the only catch being you've got to head to his website and try to find them. They've been hidden around there somewhere, but that's the only hint you get.

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“It's a clever thing this guy came up with for clever people that want to take a few minutes to figure it out,” Legg says. “I feel like there's going to be a handful of super fans that are going to figure it out and have something special, which is really cool. I always like doing things that people who really care can benefit from.”

The 10 lucky wins will be invited to whatever show is nearest them for an all-access experience and meet-and-greet. Goldroom has gotten involved with technology before, like the time he debuted his EP with Snapchat, the app's first such enterprise, but this feels all-together funky and fresh.

The tickets are up now, so get to clicking. While you're at it, check the video for “Lying to You” and official West of the West tour dates below.

Goldroom’s and Autograf’s National Tour Dates:

Sept. 30 -- Nashville, TN @ Basement East

Oct. 1 -- Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5

Oct. 4 -- Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall

Oct. 5 -- Boston, MA @ Royale

Oct. 6 -- Philadelphia, PA @ The Theatre of Living Arts

Oct. 7 -- New York, NY @ Terminal 5

Oct. 8 -- Washington, DC @ A.I.

Oct. 12 -- Montreal, QC @ Fairmount Theatre

Oct. 13 -- Toronto, ON @ Mod Club

Oct. 14 -- Columbus, OH @ Park Street Saloon

Oct. 15 -- Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre

Oct. 16 -- Chicago, IL @ Concord

Oct. 19 -- Madison, WI @ Liquid

Oct. 20 -- Omaha, NE @ Slowdown

Oct. 21 -- Denver, CO @ Cervantes

Oct. 22 -- Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre

Oct. 25 -- Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room

Oct. 26 -- St. Louis, MO @ Firebird

Oct. 27 -- Oklahoma City, OK @ OKC Farmers Market

Oct. 28 -- Austin, TX @ Vulcan

Oct. 31 -- Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey

Nov. 2 -- San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park

Nov. 3 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo

Nov. 4 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Fox

Nov. 5 -- Arcata, CA @ Arcata Theatre

Nov. 9 -- Eugene, OR @ HiFi Music Hall

Nov. 10 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

Nov. 11 -- Vancouver, BC @ Imperial

Nov. 12 -- Seattle, WA @ Neptune


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