The pressure is on, mainly with thanks to the '108 EP', but
with the single 'Beauty Dies Young' released next week and
a debut album due soon, things are hotting up for Lowgold.
With references to the latter period of Teenage Fanclub and
Neil Young the band have also fast become hailed as "saviours
of the song". So the songs are working thanks to the
song writing but what makes a good song for Lowgold?
"The stuff that works for us is the stuff that happens
naturally, with no preconceived ideas," starts Darren
Ford sitting comfortably in the recently refurbished changing
rooms of the Roadmenders. "We don't sit down and
think whether we want a fast or slow song, we want the song
to sound like it happens naturally. Other bands have different
techniques but that ios what makes our songs good as far as
Could Darren, the band's songwriter be any more truthful after
all the band started by recording onto a four-track. Though
what influenced him to make him write what he wrote?
"The deep rooted fear of hard work," laughs Darren.
"To avoid getting a
proper job. How many times have you heard that one?"
With Darren writing most of the songs, how did that work for
the rest of the band?
"It's a constant source of animosity," starts lead
guitarist Dan Symons. It's a comment that sends the band into
laughter. "It starts with Darren's songs on
a four track then I come into the equation and put some guitar
down over the top. Basically that's how it works for this
band. Darren writes the songs, I knob about on guitar parts
and then it comes into the general forum to add bits
and bobs. It's been a winning formula for us up to now, but
it hasn't always been that way."
Darren is that a fair comment?
"I'd like to think that it's sometimes like a score draw?"
"It is," admits Dan. "Sometimes you think what's
the point in changing the
way that it's working if it's working well."
"When it stops working that's when we're in trouble,"
So what was the recording of the album like? >>