Photos by Geordon Wollner
Known for being a little off-the-wall, it was no surprise flamingos* adorned with gold chains joined GGOOLLDD on-stage at the High Noon Saloon on Thursday, December 20.
After playing three shows in four nights, the five-piece band returned to Madison with a dreamy display of natural charm and good energy. Though members of GGOOLLDD hold roots from far outside Wisconsin, the band began its journey in 2014 in Milwaukee and has made waves ever since. The band has shared the stage with names like Passion Pit and The Kooks, played South by Southwest (SXSW) and headlined tours around the country.
Proud to make the unusual “the usual,” GGOOLLDD’s performance at High Noon was nothing short of extraordinary. Complete with a puppy on stage (See: @bbanagram), wild dance moves, a golden cape, a broken snare halfway through the set and a few mediocre jokes (courtesy of the crowd), GGOOLLDD stopped at nothing to leave the crowd in awe. The set list included tracks from their last release Teeth including “Undercovers” and “The Way That I Feel”. They finished with “City Lights” from their 2016 album For The Night, and “Gold,” the band’s debut single. After managing one solid song with a duct-taped snare, a replacement was carried to the stage and GGOOLLD finished the night strong, returning to the stage for a two-song encore.
There’s no denying the strength — and flexibility — of Margaret Butler’s stage presence and bright, in-your-face vocals. Her high energy, shown in the form of downward dogs, cartwheels and expressive dance moves, filled the entire room from stage to door, floor to ceiling, and back again. Mentioned in our books as “one to watch,” GGOOLLDD has piqued our curiosity and renewed our unconditional love for the weird and the wild.
The night began with holographic pants and plenty of glitter as rising indie-pop duo Seasaw took the stage to headline. Built by local wonders Meg Golz and Eve Wilczewski, the two made for a perfect start to the evening with their witty lyrics and beautifully paired vocal harmonies. They played off their latest album Big Dogs, released in early September 2018. With soft roots in the ways of folk-pop, the newest installation from Seasaw places them in unique territory that has already set them apart from those in Madison and beyond.
*Plastic flamingos, of course.