Goldsboro
Goldsboro
Goldsboro – Great White Buffalo (3rd December)
Goldsboro is a power trio based in Los Angeles with influences that read like a roll call of the greatest hard rock and heavy metal bands of all time: Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Motorhead, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, KISS, Judas Priest, AC/DC. Goldsboro have already received the backing of Guns N’ Roses and Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones. GN’R handpicked Goldsboro to be their opening act in 2012. And Jones has given Goldsboro’s track Great White Buffalo heavy rotation on his Jonesey’s Jukebox show for LA radio station KROQ.  The band’s debut album, titled simply Goldsboro, is produced by Noah Shain, the man who cut the very first solo release by electronic music star Skrillex. For the three members of Goldsboro – Kevin Roentgen, Chris Cano and Johnny Lonely – this album is the fulfillment of a shared obsession with loud rock music that dates back to their teenage years.

Biography
“When this band plays, you’re either gonna run straight to the front, or you’re gonna run for the door,” says Goldsboro’s guitarist/vocalist Kevin Roentgen.

Goldsboro is a power trio based in Los Angeles with influences that read like a roll call of the greatest hard rock and heavy metal bands of all time: Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Motorhead, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, KISS, Judas Priest, AC/DC. As Goldsboro drummer Chris Cano states, without irony: “We just want to rock and roll.”

Goldsboro have already received the backing of Guns N’ Roses and Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones. GN’R handpicked Goldsboro to be their opening act in 2012. And Jones has given Goldsboro’s track Great White Buffalo heavy rotation on his Jonesey’s Jukebox show for LA radio station KROQ.

And now comes the band’s debut album – titled simply Goldsboro, and produced by Noah Shain, the man who cut the very first solo release by electronic music star Skrillex.

For the three members of Goldsboro – Roentgen, Cano and bassist Johnny Lonely – this album is the fulfillment of a shared obsession with loud rock music that dates back to their teenage years. “Heavy metal is in our blood,” Johnny says.
But their story has a strange twist. When the seeds of Goldsboro were first planted five years ago, Kevin, Chris and Johnny were all members of a very different band – one that had a number one album and single in the UK, that toured with superstars Robbie Williams and Duran Duran, and won a BRIT Award for Best International Breakthrough Act. That band was Orson.

But Orson would fall as rapidly as they had risen. After debut album Bright Idea (produced by Noah Shain) sold a million copies worldwide, the follow-up Culture Vultures bombed, and the band promptly split in late 2007. “The second record failed as big as the first one succeeded,” says Johnny. “So that was the end of our trip.” Or as Chris puts it: “We’d seen the mountain top, and then we re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere really quickly.”

Even before Orson’s demise, Kevin, Chris and Johnny had already started thinking about creating a new band. As Kevin recalls: “I remember Orson rehearsals in Shepherds Bush where the three of us would show up early and just start playing Black Sabbath songs. So this new band was a no-brainer.” And it was also evident from the start that the new band would be a three-piece. Says Chris: “We’ve been friends for so long, and been playing together so long, it’s kind of hard to bring somebody else into that. Between the three of us, we have that chemistry as a rock and roll power trio. And basically, Sabbath was a trio. And Zeppelin. So there’s something cool about that.”
All three members of Goldsboro cite Black Sabbath as the single most important influence on their music. “Sabbath, first and foremost,” says Chris. “That’s the template.” But Goldsboro is no one-trick pony. As Johnny says: “Great White Buffalo is one of our pre-determined Sabbath-style songs, but it’s also got the Maiden in it, and by default Thin Lizzy – because you can’t really influenced by Iron Maiden and not be influenced by Thin Lizzy.”

Another touchstone – for Kevin especially – is KISS. “As a little kid I was a member of the KISS Army,” he says. “The influence KISS had on me… I can’t even say how deep that goes. I love those guys like they’re my parents!” The guys in Goldsboro are also fans of alternative rock bands such as Soundgarden and Queens Of The Stone Age. Says Chris: “We all have a different take on things, which is why there’s a different kind of mood and a different feel to every song.” But as Kevin explains: “The music you hear when you’re 14-16 is the stuff that never really leaves you. And for us, that’s ’70s rock and ’80s metal. That’s why it feels so natural to do this. We’re metalheads!”

So why did a band that lives and breathes heavy metal take its name from a ’70s MOR singer-songwriter? As Kevin says, it wasn’t Bobby Goldsboro’s songs, like the classic Honey, that inspired them. It was his hair. “I saw Bobby Goldsboro on TV when I was very young,” he recalls, “and all I could focus on was his hair. It looked like a motorcycle helmet! So we called that hairstyle ‘a Goldsboro’.” And the joke might have ended there, if not for Noah Shain. When Kevin first told Noah about this new band, the producer immediately replied: “I’m making the record, then.” But he had one condition: “You gotta name it Goldsboro"

“Great White Buffalo waves the flag proudly for metal,” Kevin says. “It’s a song for people on the outside. It’s about the freedom that I find in rock and roll. And that’s the force behind Goldsboro.”

For the three members of Goldsboro, this band and this album have been a long time coming. But as Kevin Roentgen says: “This music is bombastic and it hits you square in the face. It’s the kind of music that we grew up with. And it’s what we love."