Boiler Room’s Tony Poland on Golden Teacher’s No Luscious Life
Golden Teacher is invariably my immediate response whenever someone throws out the question, ‘So, what music should I be listening to?’ The Glasgow collective formed after meeting on a course for unemployed musicians at the city’s Green Door Studios. Music from their first recording sessions formed their debut release, 2013’s striking Bells From The Deep End, on JD Twitch’s Optimo Music label. The five tracks were a riotous fusion of loose percussion, psychedelic synths and sweaty grunts that hinted at all manner of influences. Think Dinosaur L, early Chicago House, Liaisons Dangereuses, Sly And Robbie... The band’s energy felt like it was ripe to explode from the 12” at any moment. Twitch proclaims it among the ‘10 best Scottish records of all time,’ and I’m compelled to agree. Subsequent EPs have expanded on this glorious chaos, exhibiting the kind of untamed diversity that all great bands should strive for. After a period of quiet, November sees their debut album arrive. Like all their records, No Luscious Life is many things. The band call it, ‘A pop funk essay against wage labour and its lassitude’ and ‘A dive backwards into early terror of the animate shadows of childhood’. Most importantly, it’s the album I always hoped they’d release.
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