The Wolfhounds' Andrew Golding relases debut album as Dragon Welding
"This is a mind-boggling and incredibly impressive debut offering. With a hypnotic train-like riff running throughout the track and fantastic guitar work... Loops of grinding guitar distortion are brightened by incessant industrial percussion. Golding sing-talks his vivid lyrics amid the ear-catching sonics, while a discordant guitar line buzzes through with a fierce sting" – Big Takeover Magazine
"“The Builders' is this six minute trance, propulsive and posturing all at once. 'These Are Dangerous Times' works acoustic bits into a dense track that often plays upon the Notwist comparison" – Austin Town Hall
Andrew Golding, founding member of C86 pioneers The Wolfhounds, presents his debut solo album under the moniker (a.k.a. anagram) Dragon Welding. Ahead of this, he previewed the lead track 'The Builders'. The timing for this release is perfect, with The Wolfhounds set to return to record new material somewhat soon.
'Dragon Welding' is Golding's first solo album and a remarkable effort, covering different genres, including alternative pop rock and indie-folk. As guitarist, writer and multi-instrumentalist, Andrew Golding has been a part of Wolfhounds since 1984 and has written, played and sung on every Wolfhounds album.
'The Builders' is an epic six-minute hypnotic journey à la Moonshake. It is about the gentrification of our cities. Andrew Golding himself also animated the accompanying video for this song.
Musically, Dragon Welding features a rich blend of influences, the most obvious being The Wolfhounds and Moonshake, with nods to Neu! and Stereolab drone, particularly on 'The Builders'. Other tracks like 'The Dumb' or the driving 'These Are Dangerous Times' offer an eclectic mix of acoustic guitars and analog synths, reminiscent of German cult band The Notwist.
The 'Dragon Welding' LP was largely written, recorded, mixed and edited on mobile devices whilst commuting between Essex, Hammersmith and Los Angeles. Final mastering was supervised by Ant Chapman (Collapsed Lung and Arndales).
This debut LP features contributions from Alice Golding (The Othyrs and Wolfhounds backing vocals) and son James Golding. The album's cover artwork was conceived and painted by his wife Helen.
As of March 15, this album can be found everywhere digitally via A Turntable Friend Records with distribution worldwide by SRD(London, UK). The download comes with digital booklet including lyrics. It will also be available as a limited-edition 11-track gatefold CD via Bandcamp and Limited Run.
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