Although never as universally popular as some of its peers, Goldfinger has a decade of service to the pop punk community under its belt and a fresh start planned for 2005. The Los Angeles-based group will release “Disconnection Notice” Feb. 15, its fifth studio set and first for Maverick Records.
“We’ve never been as big as Blink[-182] or Green Day, and that’s OK,” frontman John Feldmann says. “But there are a whole lot of people who really respect and like us. We can play to 1,000-5,000 people anywhere in the world on any night. We’ve got the coolest fanbase, and that’s fine by us.”
“Wasted,” the first “Disconnection Notice” single, can be heard streaming on the band’s official Web site and on demand on through the band’s page on the Maverick site.
Recorded in Feldmann’s home studio, the new material finds the band evolving in an ever more pop direction with its sound, stretching further from the ska-influenced sound of its self-titled 1996 Mojo/Universal debut. That set, which reached No. 110 on The Billboard 200, spawned the single “Here in Your Bedroom,” a No. 5 hit on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Only the band’s 1997 follow-up, “Hang-Ups,” has broken into the top half of The Billboard 200, reaching No. 85 on the album chart. The 2000 set “Stomping Ground” topped out at No. 109, while 2002’s “Open Your Eyes” reached just No. 136.
While his own band flies somewhat under the radar, Feldmann has had a hand in some of the bigger punk-leaning releases of the last few years. In demand as a producer and engineer, he has contributed to albums by Good Charlotte, the Used and Story of the Year.
To herald the release of its new album, Goldfinger has a handful of tour dates confirmed, beginning with a Feb. 15 show in New York, the day “Disconnection Notice” is released. From there the usually hard-touring act will play Philadelphia (Feb. 18), Providence, R.I. (Feb. 19), Washington, D.C. (Feb. 20) and Cleveland (Feb. 26). The Start will support on all dates. Fans registered through the band’s Web site have access to tickets before they go on sale to the general public.
Here is the “Disconnection Notice” track list:
“Too Many Nights”
“Behind the Mask”