Gold and the Rush
Independent With the infl ux of indie rock bands in NOLA in recent years, I feel tempted to add Gold and the Rush to the list. But after listening to their EP Burn, which is a tour of Americana country rock, I think rock ‘n’ roll is an appropriate category. Jake McGregor, Chris Littlejohn, Mark Strella, and Sam Ferguson have put together fi ve tracks of love and longing with country guitar tricks and strong voice, and some crunchy distortion that gets you excited. “Cruisin’” is a song that reminds you of walking into the basement of your nearby pub to attend your fi rst night at fi ght club; it has a real badass mood that’s heavy with some great slide guitar. My personal favorite is “If you were Mine, I’d be Someone Else,” a love song with such pretty, bluesy guitar, it not only gave me hope in old-fashioned guitar playing, but made me want to ask my neighbor on a date. Nah. “Crazy Love,” in spite of being the opening song of the EP, sums up the overall sound of the band. I really love the vocals on this EP: a sway of low and high notes that complements the rest of the band with a country-rock tone.