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Social Crutch

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'Social Crutch' is the debut full-length album of Los Angeles-based post-punk-tinged slow-core trio Gold Cage. Comprised of singer/bassist Mony Katz, singer/guitarist Cole Devine, and drummer Sage Ross, the band combines dreamy guitar loops, delicate, dueling vocals, and slow, driving tempos to create spacious arrangements that shimmer with atmosphere.

Warmed with tape saturation, 'Social Crutch' is an exercise in measured minimalism, with every tone carefully sculpted to fill the vast space of each track. Shoegaze, reverb-drenched guitars evoke Galaxie 500, Yo La Tengo, Deerhunter and even Rowland S. Howard. Yet 'Social Crutch' remains very much in the present, thanks in part to the band's ability to marry a range of influences into thoughtfully structured songs. Throughout the album, Katz's and Devine's equally laconic, whispery vocals elevate each song as they drift in and out of each other, sometimes softly colliding in gorgeous harmony.

Album opener "Repeater Kember" captures the band's ethos with a decaying guitar loop that sustains and repeats for nearly all of the song, save for a heavy climax. The crest fades shortly after it begins, highlighting the band's penchant for subtlety and restraint, even during the album's crescendos. While 'Social Crutch' is full of satisfying slow burns, upbeat moments such as "Halcion" and "Shadows" showcase Ross' drumming, which provides a sturdy backbone with enough allowance for the catchy guitar ‘hooks and vocal melodies' magnetism to shine.

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released March 27, 2020

℗ + © 2020 felte
All songs by Gold Cage
Gold Cage are Cole Devine, Monica Katz, Sage Ross
Recorded/Engineered by Franky Flowers @ Camelia Sound Studio, Los Angeles, CA
Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri @ Black Knoll Studio, New York. NY
Layout by Jeff Fribourg
Special thanks to Jeff Owens, Jeff Fribourg & our friends & family

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Gold Cage Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles based three-piece slow-core outfit consisting of singer/bassist Monica Gamboa-Katz, singer/guitarist Cole Devine and Sage Ross/drums The band combines their artistic sensibilities to foster a dark ethereal, sonically-mature slow-core trio. Offering smooth-driving bass tempos, with catchy guitar loops and riffs. Gold Cage is sure to warm your heart with fog, and clouds. ... more

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