Volume 91, Issue 54

Wednesday, December 3, 1997

Jack Frosh


Goldfinger hopes nobody gets hurt

Sheryl Nields
YOU LOOKIN' AT ME, PUNK? Goldfinger presents their mish-mash of musical melodies to the easily unoffended at the Embassy, Dec. 4.

By Clare Elias
Gazette Staff

Goldfinger is an 'in your face' four piece band with a mission to liven the dead state of the music scene.

Image is dead, connotes drummer Darrin Pfeiffer. Goldfinger comes onto the scene from Santa Monica, California to change this with their ska-punk sound.

Pfeiffer doesn't want the band to be limited to strictly one sound. Goldfinger covers all the bases by combining ska, punk, pop and reggae. All this is part of a mission to define their vibe.

Pfeiffer is quick to point out the grunge days are gone. "The vibes it gives are depressing." He states the new rage is moving away from "the pretentious shows of grunge."

After all, people want something fun and this is what Goldfinger plans to deliver. The band's mission is to "write the best songs we can and play the best songs we can." In the process, Pfeiffer only hopes they "don't get arrested."

The drummer generalizes grunge by citing some of the attitudes of their followers. "I have no money, I'm broke, this music's heavy and I'm heavy too," he mocks. Goldfinger manages to break from this stereotype and form "a more down-to-earth style." Still, it is one scene not defunct of image.

Their image reflects their musical influences by mixing hardcore skate punk, Brit-pop, ska and metal into mainstream music. Each band member carries these components in the band, making Goldfinger even more diverse.

One of the band's early influences was Operation Ivy, which first turned them onto the ska scene. Later, they joined sounds with Pennywise, No Doubt and The Dead Kennedys.

"Ska-punk is not the pinnacle of music," claims Pfeiffer. By combining these different sounds Goldfinger covers all bases. "We have the advantage, [as] we're not really a ska band, because not every song is ska." Too much of a concentrated sound is too limiting.

The quartet has been spreading their multi-layered sound since 1994, which was before the ska scene reappeared. It was a sound which triggered the band's appetite to play and they have not lost their initial inspiration in the long touring days of the past two years. "Some days we're doing two shows in one day," says Pfeiffer.

Nonetheless, Goldfinger has not lost sight of their purpose which is to have fun and to "offend as few people as possible."

Many of Goldfinger's lyrics come from the troubled relationships of lead vocalist John Feldman, who uses the lyrics as a tool to vent his angst. This can be heard in "This Lonely Place," which is Goldfinger's first single off their second album Hang-ups. Many of their other songs come from experiences of being on the road which allowed them to see life does not revolve solely around the everyday occurrences of Santa Monica.

Goldfinger is about having fun – the band wants to lose the morbid image and attitudes fostered by grunge. This band's attitude is to rock, rage and resonate the ska-punk/pop sound. Just try not to get hurt.

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