Fool’s Gold: Indie Rock for the Rest of Us

I love Pavement. Really, I do. But twenty years after Slanted & Enchanted, you start to wonder when the endless stream of Pavement-influenced rock bands will stop. It’s not necessarily a bad trend, but I think we can all agree that it’s getting a bit old, yes?

At least, that seems to be what Fool’s Gold thinks. Instead of the increasingly obvious indie rock aesthetic, the Los Angeles five-piece fuses pop styles from around the world. Elements of Tropicália, Afropop, Klezmer, Krautrock and Ibiza can all be found in Fool’s Gold’s music. And the result, as you might imagine, is something quite special.

If the their spectacular 2009 debut established the band as one of IAMSOUND’s premier artists, its follow-up should garner them even more acclaim. Released in mid-August, Leave No Trace refined Fool’s Gold expansive musical tastes, delivering an easily digestible and delightfully complex indie rock album.

Leave No Trace is impressively cohesive for a record with such wide-ranging influences. Rather than sounding like an experiment in world music, Leave No Trace comes across as a polished collection of dance-rock tunes. Fool’s Gold’s usual influences are certainly audible, but they blend into the songwriting instead of drawing attention to themselves. It’s refreshing to see a band’s songwriting mature so much over the course of two albums.

We’re not sure why Fool’s Gold remain so underrated after two fantastic albums. When every band out there these days seems to influenced either by surf rock or Pavement, you’d think that people would be interested in hearing something different. Then again, maybe they aren’t aware that there is something different — but I guess that’s what separates the Minxes from everyone else.

Fool’s Gold are currently touring the UK, but we’ll keep you up-to-date on any future shows in LA. In the meantime, check out Leave No Trace, which is out now on IAMSOUND Records.

  • Valerie Stammet

    Please let me know when they tour the US.