2015 – present
Simon Dowson (vocals / guitar)
Dave Burbage (lead guitar)
Carl Slaughter (bass / backing vocals)
Justin Davidson (drums)
Mark English (keyboards / percussion / backing vocals)
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 though they are pleased with comparisons made with Be Bop Deluxe and The Church.
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.
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 has also asked to use a cover of “Smell Of Incense” on a double album vinyl release in 2018. TBM Records in Canada requested a track for a forthcoming Adrian Borland/The Sound tribute album they are releasing in 2018 and were provided with a contemporary version of “Counting The Days”.
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.
Activity continued with the band’s full live debut supporting powerpop outfit Duncan Reid and The Big Heads in October 2017 whilst new tracks have recently been recorded Negotiations with a US label are presently taking place with a view to CD release in early 2018.
First Sunrise (split 5″ clear vinyl) – Friends Of The Fish / Fruits De Mer, Aug 2016
Not Tonight Josephine (lathe cut 7″ clear vinyl) – Exquisite Noise, Jul 2017
The 14th Dream Of Dr. Sardonicus (compilation CD) – Fruits De Mer, 2016 (track: Surfing The Night Wave)
The 16th Dream Of Dr. Sardonicus (compilation CD) – Fruits De Mer, 2016 (track: Service With A Smile)