I was dubious upon entering Sydney’s The Hi-fi on January 17, wondering how an electro-pop act that is Gold Fields could support Crystal Castles. I was wrong to question their ability to adapt.
Gold Fields’ material translated perfectly, taking on a noise-pop vibe reminiscent of Does It Offend You, Yeah?. Their aggressive stage presence was complimented by an almost epilepsy inducing light show.
A death-calypso cover of Underworld‘s ‘Born Slippy’ put the crowd firmly in the palm of their hands.
Melodic vocals partnered with harsh strings, echoing reverb and ear piercing percussion made Gold Fields’ set no walk in the park. In actual fact, they triggered punter anarchism in the form of drug-fuelled man-love that one would encounter at Stereosonic festivals, along with multiple ODs (no joke). Signs of a successful set, me thinks.
Crystal Castles’ Alice Glass took the stage soon after, wielding a mic stand and donning her best possessed banshee impersonation as she performed opening song ‘Plague.’ Crowd excitement escalated as the demented front-woman threw herself into the arms of the mosh pit during ‘Baptism.’ Throughout the set, sheets of red smoke circulated Glass’ body, distorting the audience’s view and adding to the spectre effect.
I didn’t think it was possible for the crowd to get any rowdier. Again, I was wrong. The main set ended with ‘Not In Love,’ whipping the audience into the highest of frenzies, leaving them with little to no breath for the remaining three-song encore.
Naturally, Crystal Castles’ performance overwhelmed the senses. However, it was Gold Fields that took my breath away with their insanity invoking set. For a good time, catch the Victorian band on their current tour.
Here is the aforementioned Gold Fields cover of Underworld’s ‘Born Slippy’: