Formed in Victoria BC, Canada, in the fall of 2008 and settled now in Vancouver, GOLD & YOUTH (formerly known as The Racoons, and for a second Jakarta) has developed their craft on a considerable number of stages. Musically, they blend synthetic and organic textures. Sequenced bass and programmed drum loops are layered against the sound of a live band, creating a density one might not expect from a three-piece. Danceable, but you could a rock out if you want to. Also: they write a lot of hooks!
They've toured across Canada with The Von Bondies, as well as made festival appearances at Big Time Out (Cumberland), Olio (Vancouver), Deraylor (Whistler), Sled Island (Calgary), Pitter Patter (Toronto), and Rifflandia (Victoria). 2010 saw the band heading east, including a headlining appearance at the L.A. Lights Concert Series in Surabaya, Indonesia, and a seven-city tour of China, culminating with a show in Shanghai during the 2010 Expo. 2011 included stops at Big Sound in Brisbane Australia and a second appearance at Rifflandia in Victoria BC. Back home the band's notoriety as a stellar live act has seen them recently opening for the likes of The Temper Trap at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom and Metric at Victoria's Save-On-Foods Arena in front of more than 5000 hometown fans.
Recently signed to Arts & Crafts, the band has just completed their debut full length album with producer Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, New Pornographers, Dan Mangan) and mixer Gareth Jones (Depeche Mode, Wire, Grizzly Bear, Interpol) slated for release in Summer 2012.
Gold and Youth recently performed at SXSW and CMW in 2012, setting the tone for a busy year of touring and promotions behind the release.