Gild - Belief


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Review Text Gild hails from the port-town of Duluth, but piloted by the sultry Jennifer Jones, the band continues to rocket into an atmosphere of rhythm and melody far from the decaying industry on the shores of Lake Superior. She is propelled competently by a beautiful chaos created by the lanky guitar slinger Tim Nelson, oft engaged in textural battle with the multi-talented DJ Baby Judy, armed with his turntables & psychedelic rhymes, and a tight, funky rhythm section featuring Dicky Brooks on bass and drummer James Hagstrom. Gild's chunky funkrock and melodic soulternative have evolved continually through three releases on RCI/Spinout and inclusion on numerous compilation CDs. One reviewer described them as 'MC-900 Foot Jesus meets the urban folk scene' ( while another says that 'this band blends alternative, funk, rap and house so uniquely that it needs a new label - alt-funk-rap-house.' (Pulse of the Twin Cities). In the fall of '97, Gild had played the club scene long enough to meet producer/musician Bernie Larsen who invited them to record in his Suburban Exchange Studio in Houghton, Michigan. The result of those sessions is an atmospheric disc entitled 'Belief' (RCI). The record received regular airplay on college radio and introduced the band to a regional circuit of clubs and Universities. After two years of touring 'Belief', Gild had written a new batch of songs and hoped to record again with Larsen. Because Bernie had since moved his studio back to Los Angeles, an abandoned farmhouse in Northern Wisconsin was wired with borrowed equipment and cobbled together sound gear. Producer met the band and Gild played the songs live to tape. The vibe that the country setting brought is evident, but only after players traveled to Los Angeles for over dubs did the album morph into the entirely unique Gild sound. The recording's textures seem to change subtly throughout, much like a 'Moodring' (Spinout). The album continues to receive airplay after charting top 10 on select CMJ stations and spins on regional commercial radio. Writing for a third effort began in the band's own Dog Talk Studio during the summer of 2000. Recording ensued for seven hot days in September, with Larsen joining Smashing Pumpkins engineer Tom Fabjance for sessions in the lab of Wisconsin's Inland Sea Recording, operated by mad scientist David Hill. Garnered from the sessions are 'Satellite Images' (Spinout), a rich sounding combination of rock, groove and ambience that has critics agreeing that Gild continues to orbit ever higher. PRESS: Lick Magazine 'Yes!' Maximum Ink 'Competent, confident and full of fire...' Pulse of the Twin Cities 'Like Low, Gild calls Duluth it's home. Can it be there's something in the water?' 'Gild is an amazing band...' 'Gild has upped the ante with every release, and Satellite Images continues the trend.' Pulse of the Twin Cities 'Gild has a distinctive musical sound.' Duluth News/Tribune 'From start to finish, Satellite Images demonstrates that Gild is continuing to orbit at a higher level.' Murphy McGinnis News Papers Jones' voice floats high and clean, a contrast to the delicious chaos her bandmates are putting out. Reader Weekly 'Gild possess a rare talent; remaining adventurous without abandoning their pop sensibilities, they tackle social absurdities with an intelligence and humility...' 'Sweetly sung female vocals ...' High Plains Reader 'The band...laid the foundation for Jones to expose herself through their hard dreamy rock music, like the pied piper leading the children into the land of beautiful grace.'

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