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Unlike many acts, Golden Rough have never had to make a lot of noise, or engage in expensive promotional campaigns to make either the critics or lovers of great pop tunes stand up and take notice. Singer/songwriter David Orwell’s ability to capture the essence of either an entire story or one fleeting emotion in a single line of finely observed lyrical narrative is a rare skill in itself, but when accompanied by an ingenious ear for melody and a bittersweet vocal delivery, the result is pop songwriting at its most sublime.

Since the release of their debut album, Twin Firs, in 1998 Golden Rough’s reputation for melodious, intelligent, Australian flavoured music has won the band critical acclaim, and admirers worldwide. In 1999 the band were signed by renowned independent label Candle Records, home of Jodi Phillis, Darren Hanlon and The Lucksmiths, and released their second album, This Sad Paradise. The record was received with warm reviews and won the band further accolades nationwide.

Throughout 1999 Golden Rough continued to wow fans and critics alike with their impressive live performances, and won highly contested support slots with touring US pop luminaries Elliott Smith and Joe Pernice (Scud Mountain Boys, Pernice Brothers). Golden Rough also played to packed venues as Joe Pernice’s backing band, reprising that role when he toured again the following year.

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