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The Gold Needles: A Short History
Originally formed as a studio project, The Gold Needles have expanded recently to become a full live band. Comprising of Simon Dowson (vocals and guitar), Dave Burbage (lead guitar), Mark English (keyboards, percussion and backing vocals), Carl Slaughter (bass and backing vocals) and Justin Davidson (drums) the band have been writing and recording since 2015 although friendships go back much further than that. The band revel in being eclectic both in influence and output.
2016 saw the release on limited edition 5″ split vinyl on the cult Fruits De Mer record label of “First Sunrise” and also “Surfing The Night Wave” which appeared on the same label’s festival compilation CD. In the autumn of the same year “My Summer’s Angel” reached the number one slot on Hull Kingston Radio’s Humber Number One show.
Further recording continued and a cover of an obscure Monkees track, “The Poster”, was used on the digital version of 7a Records Monkees tribute album, Listen To The Bands.
In the summer of 2017 the band released “Not Tonight Josephine” c/w “Eventide” on limited edition lathe cut clear vinyl 7 inch to favourable reviews, including in the prestigious Record Collector magazine.
UK Rock Radio have used hipster astro instrumental “Service With A Smile” to close many of its shows following its release on 2017’s 16th Dream of Dr Sardonicus festival CD. Again on Fruits De Mer Records, the label used a cover of “Smell Of Incense” on a triple album vinyl release in 2018. This was also released as a stand alone limited edition vinyl single as a taster for the album, selling out within an hour.
Activity continued with the band’s full live debut supporting powerpop outfit Duncan Reid and The Big Heads in October 2017. Gigs have included appearances at The IPO Festival in Liverpool (twice), 16th Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival in Wales as well as other self promoted gigs with The Darling Buds, Candy Opera and Spygenius.
In 2018 the band's debut album PEARLS was released on kool kat records and this was later pressed on gold vinyl on Spin It Records.
The band were delighted to sign with Jem Records on New Year's Eve 2018 and their new album THROUGH A WINDOW was released to critical acclaim on the label on 21 June 2019.