Goldminds formed in 2019 consisting of members Courtney Constantinou, Brendan West, Jordan Barczak and Nic Symons. They quickly established themselves as an exciting new live act amongst music fans as they made regular appearances performing in venues around Melbourne including The Old Bar, Lulie Street Tavern, The Tote and Cherry Bar. The band tracked their debut album midway through 2019 at Hot House Studios in St Kilda with the help of producer Michael Badger. The album titled ‘Signals’ was released in October 2020 and received positive reviews from publications including NME, Tonedeaf and Rolling Stone, with Tonedeaf describing the album as ‘blistering’ and Rolling Stone featuring the single Deadwood as a ‘song you need to know.’ The album was nominated for the Australian Music Prize 2020 album of the year award and has had over 250k streams on Spotify. Tracks from the album gained national radio airplay throughout Australia on community radio, Triple J and Triple M, as well as international broadcasters throughout New Zealand and the US.
The band’s sound has been described as a cross between 70’s inspired punk rock and garage, drawing comparisons to artists such as Iggy Pop, The Saints, The Kills, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and PJ Harvey.
“There’s a good chance that if you were to ask any fan of Aussie rock about just who was leading the charge, they just might return with the name Goldminds” – Rolling Stone
“There’s not much about Melbourne band Goldminds that gives away that they’re making music in the present day. You could sandwich them in just about any vintage hard-rock compilation, or even a garage-rock revival playlist, and listeners wouldn’t so much as bat an eyelid” – NME
“There’s a chance it might just be one of the year’s best records, and after months of waiting, Goldminds officially release their debut album, Signals” – Tone Deaf
“Take the scissor-sharp pogoing twists of Nobody Wants You (mixing snotty new wave, Status Quo and X-Ray Spex), or the rolling storm of Anxiety (which straddles Motorhead, The Hard Ons and The Hellacopters)” – Bernard Zuel