Interview: The Golden Leaves

We recently had the opportunity to chat to a bunch of bands from the Rogue PR label. Our latest one was with The Golden Leaves, a rock band from Trondheim, Norway in which we found out about their debut album, influences and drummers who are doctors.

Interview by Jane Howkins

How is 2019 treating you so far?
I must say very well, thank you. And how about you?

It’s been great, thanks! Have you released any music so far this year? If so, what can you tell us about that?
Oh yes, we just released our first album, City of Lights! We like to describe it as a varied and distinctive album. It has different vibes, depending on your mood, and everyone should find their cup of tea there.

Are you working on any new music at the moment? What are you working on, and when will it be released?
No, right now we’re continuing the promoting job with the album. Did I mention to give it a listen?

Have you got any upcoming tours planned? If so, where are you playing and where are you looking forward to going most?
Unfortunately, no. Our stupid drummer decided to become a doctor instead of a rock star. I know, who would want to save lives and have a stable job? We still love him though. Currently we’re working on replacing him, and that’s were our attention is.

Who/what has influenced you the most as musicians?
Arthur, the bass player, grew up in the middle of a forest, with loving parents. So not that. And David, the singer, begun singing only to impress older women (we’re talking grandparents-old), so not that either. The lead guitarist, Javier, on the other hand, he grew up in the hard gang environment of Kolstad, Norway. That had a big influence on our music. Just listen to Rebel and Lemon. Those are songs made to heal invisible scars and gloat about a rough playground.

What have you been listening to recently that you can recommend to our readers?
Torleiv, the rhythm guitarist, only listen to rock ballads; don’t get him started on what he listens to. Javier is big on the first Notorius B.I.G. album, Ready to Die. But as we said, he’s from the hood. Arthur says Nature Sounds, so I’m not sure if he understood the question.

Why do you think people should pick up one of your records or come and see you live, and what can people expect from one of your shows?
Well, we’re the best, most amazing and incredible humble band you’ll ever find. And, it makes us smile, and Javier has a really cute smile. Live we give everything we got, and always put on a good show. The fans are important to us, so we always honour the audience with our body and our soul. Plus, we have nice butts, for those whom may care.

Any last words for the fans?
If you love something, set it free – unless it’s a tiger.