Feature: We Play 'What Song...' With Adam Curley from Gold Class

Friday, October 21, 2016

Our latest edition of 'What Song...' features Adam Curley from Gold Class. Gold Class has two upcoming sold-out Melbourne shows in a couple of weeks, before they head off overseas for a European tour and then they’re back again in November to headline Paradise Music Festival. Recently, they unleashed their brand new single 'Kids on Fire', which is their first single since 2015.

What song reminds you of your youth?
When I was a kid, my family drove the 13 hours from our farm in North Queensland to Brisbane to see my Mum’s family a couple times a year. On one of those trips, when I was about five, my Dad played the John Williamson ‘True Blue’ cassingle on repeat for at least five hours. It’s fairly well seared in to my fabric, though hopefully it doesn’t have much sway in how things go on a day-to-day basis. 

What song is your ultimate party track?
Lately, maybe ‘Upside Down’ by Diana Ross, or just that whole album, Diana. For me, it’s all about the key swells in the background. Night magic. The cover of that record is stunning too. Dej Loaf usually comes out if the band is drinking together. I think it started with Jon and one by one we’ve become converts, to the point that Evan calls her by her proper title, Queen Dej. 

What song do you listen to before you jump on stage?
Kendrick Lamar’s ‘King Kunta’ has definitely had some pre-show airtime in the past, but I’m not sure it’s ever been on purpose. We were just listening to a lot of Kendrick for a while there, and so was everyone else. I like a surprise. Roll the dice and see what mood you’re in when you get to the mic.

What song would you make your theme song?
When does one require a theme song? When doing something heroic? Hopefully there have been some low-key heroic moments in my life. If there were, maybe Chet Baker was playing somewhere in the distance, coming in on a warm breeze through a window, slightly ajar. 

What song reminds you of your first heartbreak?
I think the answer to that is Lou Reed’s ‘Perfect Day’, even though I wasn’t heartbroken about a person. I was 11 and I was heartbroken about the weather – I guess I was starting to realise that I was different from people at school and that it was going to be a real and lengthy effort to pass under the radar. But another answer is ‘Rock Around The Clock’ because I used to dance to it everyday at kindergarten with my best friend who then moved to Sydney and I never saw him again.

What do you have on repeat right now?
The friendships and Habits collab, ‘Spit_Flesh_Splinter’, from the new friendships record. The song itself is a witchy jam, but the video is what I’ve really had on repeat. When Mohini from Habits drops in halfway through, I’m finished, every time I watch it. It makes me want to down tools and call it a life.  

What song is your guilty pleasure?
I don’t believe in guilty pleasure. I only believe in pleasure. Like the deep pleasure I get from listening to Soft Hair’s ‘In Love’. Right now.