“Since Misadventures came out, I think people started turning their heads and getting a glimpse of what the band was heading towards,” Such Gold bassist/vocalist Jon Markson tells Billboard.
Markson is getting amped about his band’s forthcoming sophomore album, The New Sidewalk, due Nov. 10 on Razor & Tie. He wasn’t in the original lineup when the Rochester, NY-based act started out — instead, he watched his friends develop their sound, and liked what he heard over time. As the quartet readies the new album and preps a North American tour, they’ve shared an exclusive early listen of the new song “Nauseating.” Check it out below:
This hard-charging, hardcore-inflected punk rock song first came together in April 2013, when Such Gold was touring with The Story So Far.
“It was one of the first songs we finished writing for the record,” Markson says. “(Guitarist) Ben (Kotin) had those riffs and then me and him would play in the van for pretty much any time we weren’t driving and work out the arrangements together… The lyrics touch on this feeling of imminent dread of something working against you.”
The forces working against the members of Such Gold become much more vivid elsewhere on The New Sidewalk. “Morrison” recounts the story of an unfriendly cop who followed the band for miles in Morrison, CO, after getting the wrong impression from a glance from the band’s tattoo-covered tour manager at a rest stop (sweet-talking guitarist Nate Derby got him off their case after they were finally pulled over).
And “Food Court Blues” — inspired by frontman Ben’s job in a food court — parodies the Killers’ “Human” and asks the pressing question, “Are we human or are we mall?”
The New Sidewalk will be available for pre-order here beginning Oct. 7.