By: Jessica Nakamoto –
To celebrate the release of their debut single, “Bring Me Down”, Golden Tongue’s Ben Havok, Cliff Magreta, and Patrick Retzer have curated a brand-new Spotify playlist exclusively for Aesthetic Magazine. Packed with songs that range from the band’s current favorites to tracks that inspired their single and the musical direction of the project as a whole, make sure to stream the playlist below.
Born in a home studio in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, Golden Tongue first formed in May 2020 as a creative outlet for the alternative pop-rock trio. Now, after having spent the better part of a year writing and crafting new material, the group has their sights set on regular releases throughout 2021, following the official unveiling of “Bring Me Down”.
“While on the surface [it] seems like it’s fighting back against someone keeping you down, it’s actually about the silent battle so many fight with anxiety and depression” frontman Ben Havok reveals. “This song is about never giving up no matter how dark it can get, and no matter how mean the voice in your head can be. It’s about perseverance and self-preservation, and knowing that at the end of the day you can never be brought down, even by yourself.”
The Neighbourhood – “Sweater Weather”
If the influence here isn’t obvious, then I’m happy. Haha. This song was stuck in my head for weeks and when I wrote “Bring Me Down” the idea was to craft a melody that could have that “stick in your head” potential.
Bryce Fox – “Bodies”
This song just has so much vibe and combines styles in a really cool way. I was definitely trying to figure out how to properly mix this new alt/pop vibe with guitars and this song helped a lot.
Chief – “Forget Your Name”
This song actually came out after I wrote “Bring Me Down”, but watching my friend Michael from Chief really get so meticulous when writing the melodies and doing the production, it was a huge inspiration for me to try and tackle a different style of music than I’m used to making.
True North – “Piece of You”
Joel, who plays guitar in and writes/produces True North, actually mixed/mastered and produced “Bring Me Down.” His band is awesome and you should listen to them. How about this chorus melody!? So good.
La Bouquet – “Bad News!”
This was actually THE band that got me into the idea of writing pop that tends to sit in the minor keys. Writing something that is sad but also catchy was a challenge that I liked trying to crack.
Landon Tewers – “What Do I Say (feat. Seanzy)”
This song showed me that you don’t have to be a “pop artist” to write pop, and that good music is just good music no matter what.
Bring Me The Horizon – “In the Dark”
This song is here for two reasons. 1. It’s a great song. 2. When I was 14 years old listening to their first EP, I never would have imagined that they would be a band writing this kind of music and influencing my own writing so much in the process.
I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME – “MAD IQs”
This is just my favorite band out right now and this song is so good. Check out this entire album for bop after bop.
Blame My Youth – “Fantastic”
Now that’s what I call a goddamn chorus.