“WIDOWS GOLD makes sharp indie-rock informed by post-punk, new wave and the garage-rock revival of the early 2000s.” – Kevin Bronson, BuzzBands.LA
The female-fronted quartet was formed in Costa Mesa, CA by husband/wife duo Ben Sauer [guitar] and Madeline Star [vocals], later joined by Ian Zamora [bass] and Carson Ford [drums]. The riveting rock outfit made an auspicious entrance onto the scene in May 2021 with their first single “Pretend” – receiving rotational radio play on Sirius XM from Mark Foster [Foster The People].
The group’s debut album Love Drops is set to release in January of 2023, preceded by a string of four singles. The first of which, “Inside”, released August 2, 2022 landing on several Spotify playlists [including hitting top 3 on Hype Machine’s Most Posted Artists] and receiving rave reviews across the blogosphere.
If you are in the LA-area, WIDOWS GOLD is not to be missed! They are playing a slew of shows throughout the rest of the year – including a Friday-night residency in Hollywood at Harvard and Stone this October.
“…a ferocious vocal lead combines with buzzing guitars for a hooky, replay-inducing allure. ‘Inside’ is a quality showing from this rising act.” – Mike Mineo, Obscure Sound
“…the kind of song that seeps into you. Its utter power and beauty lie in the real, live quality of the studio recording and the decision to keep any added production down to a minimum. I absolutely adore the guitar shapes and Madeline Star’s vocal persona that somehow feels empowered but has a patina of melancholy too. You can feel sonic tentacles of 90’s post grunge indie rock and 80’s divergent new wave especially in the sparkling, pretty nature of the guitar work on the verses and when ‘Inside’ erupts into the chorus I love the feverish drum work (I thought of early Larry Mullen Jr) and the evocative bass work built on bass chording and thirds.” – Robb Donker Curtius, American Pancake
“…the sound is wildly original… a cross generational sound, an amalgam of artists like Smashing Pumpkins, The Strokes, Courtney Barnett and The Chameleons.” – Robb Donker Curtius, American Pancake