QUIVERS – ” Golden Doubt “

Posted: July 15, 2021 in MUSIC
Quivers album 2021 Golden Doubt

Golden Doubt is the second album (and first on Ba Da Bing Records) from Melbourne-via-Tasmania quartet Quivers, following their 2018 debut We’ll Go Riding on the Hearses and 2021 full-length cover of R.E.M.’s Out of Time. We highlighted lead single and Golden Doubt opener “Gutters of Love” as one highlight from the album back in March, praising “singer Sam Nicholson’s voice,” as well as the song’s “gleaming guitar work, vocal harmonies from Quivers members Holly Thomas and Bella Quinlan, and keen production courtesy of Matthew Redlich (Holy Holy, Husky, Ainslie Wills).” There’s plenty more where that came from on this album, 40 minutes of sunny, yet deeply felt jangle-pop that scratches the melodic rock itch without a shadow of a Golden Doubt.

With jangly guitars, gorgeous harmonies and quietly confessional song writing, the latest from this Melbourne indie-pop quartet is a must-listen for fans of the Go-Betweens or the Triffids.

That said, ‘Golden Doubt’ is more a carrying of the torch than an exercise in nostalgia – these songs are warm, inventive and reward repeat listens, the band’s idiosyncrasies shining bright throughout.

Ten seconds into “Golden Doubt”, the new album from Melbourne indie-rockers Quivers, you’ve already been hit with their not-so-secret weapon.

“For me, it’s all about the harmonies,” frontman Sam J Nicholson tells Double J’s Zan Rowe. “It’s so much about Bella [Quinlan], and Holly [Thomas], and the occasional shout from Mike [Panton] as well.”

The voices of his bandmates give Nicholson’s lead vocal a textural heft. You not only hear their harmonious contributions, but you also feel them in your ears and heart. Those harmonies are sweet, but also incredibly strong.

That strength is bolstered further on Golden Doubt by a bespoke choir packed with all-star fans and friends of the band. We want to be a band that gets on stage and has a really good time, and that’s what we usually do,” he says. “We love playing live. We want to be a loud guitar pop band where everyone sings.

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