Saturday Night at the Icehouse featured 2 great musical acts, one from Australia and the other from uh, Mankato?
Good Night Gold Dust first came on our radar when they opened for July Talk at the Triple Rock last year. Since then the band has released their self-titled EP produced by Brett Bullion. Singer Laura is also a couple of months away from releasing a solo EP as a solo project call KIELO. The members of GNGD, as they are known to their fans, also played in various acts at an arts festival in Mankato earlier today. Guitarist Colin Scharf had already played four sets.
If the band was tired, it was not noticeable. Kicking off their set with “California” they filled the Icehouse with their energy with Scharf at times seeming ready to jump of the stage. An updated version of “Hide the Moon” with strong distortions took things to a darker side only to bounce back with a new unreleased song, “Sponsor” that felt modern and faster than the rest of their material. Overall a very nice set showing that the MN music scene has a reach far outside the Twin Cities.
Set List: California / Crooked Teeth / Waves / Hide the Moon / Sponsor / Broken Wing / Headlights / Towards the Sun
Australian singer-songwriter Gordi closed out the evening. Originally from Canowindra (bonus points if you can pronounce it without a Minnesota accent) her current release “Clever Disguise” has gotten great reviews. Her voice has a dark timbre making for a very interesting performance. A very enjoyable set by an artist to keep your eye on.