Dragon Welding presents ‘These Are Dangerous Times’, both as a new animated video and four-track EP by that very name. This song also appears on his eponymous debut album, released several months ago via A Turntable Friend Records
‘These Are Dangerous Times’ is resounding the craziness of today’s worldwide political situation. The accompanying video was created by Dave Janes (a.k.a. Brtlby).
Dragon Welding is the moniker (an anagram) for the solo project of Andrew Golding, founding member of C86 pioneers The Wolfhounds. He earlier previewed the lead track ‘The Builders‘, an epic six-minute hypnotic journey à la Moonshake about the gentrification of our cities with video animated by Andrew Golding himself.
“Change is essential. Stagnation leads to boredom and that, in turn, leads to frustration. The dilemma, or course, is identifying in advance the things we perceive need to be changed, and what we think those things should be changed into? Should we throw away something that is flawed but functioning in the hope that swapping it for something else, that we can’t yet see, will be better? At the moment, I see a lot of people being presented with brightly painted and colourful boxes that are closed. They look appealing and they may contain treasure. They may, of course, be empty. These are dangerous times,” says Andrew Golding.
Golding’s first solo output is remarkable, covering different genres, including post-punk, alternative pop rock and indie-folk. As guitarist, writer and multi-instrumentalist, Andrew Golding has been a part of Wolfhounds since 1984 and has written, played and sung on every Wolfhounds album.
Musically, Dragon Welding features a rich blend of influences, the most obvious being The Wolfhounds and Moonshake, with nods to Neu! and Stereolab drone. Other tracks offer an eclectic mix of acoustic guitars and analog synths, reminiscent of German cult band The Notwist.
The material on both the ‘Dragon Welding’ LP and ‘These Are Dangerous Times’ EP was largely written, recorded, mixed and edited on mobile devices whilst commuting between Essex, Hammersmith and Los Angeles. Final mastering was supervised by Ant Chapman (Collapsed Lung and Arndales).
This music also features contributions from Alice Golding (The Othyrsand Wolfhounds backing vocals) and son James Golding. The album’s cover artwork was created by his wife Helen.
The timing for these releases is perfect, with The Wolfhounds set to return to record new material somewhat soon for anticipated release in 2020.
The debut album can be found everywhere digitally via A Turntable Friend Records with distribution worldwide by SRD (London, UK). The download comes with digital booklet including lyrics. It will also be available as a limited-edition 11-track gatefold CD via Bandcamp and Limited Run. The new EP is being offered as a Bandcamp exclusive.