Gold Fields are gearing up to release their debut album, Black Sun, on Tuesday (February 26), capping a rather remarkable two-year rise from opening act in their native Australia to band to watch here in the U.S.
Of course, most of this is news to their families, who have pretty much been kept in the dark every step of the way.
"It will be good for people to finally hear what we've been working on for the last year and a half, especially our friends and family," guitarist Vin Andanar laughed. "We haven't shown it to them yet, even though they keep asking. So we're super excited for them to hear that we haven't just been lazy and not doing anything this whole time."
And we suspect their folks will be happy with what they hear, because the music on Black Sun definitely showcases a band clicking on cylinders, and working hard to push musical boundaries. An artful mix of '80s New Wave, '90s pop and '00s horizon-clearing dance, it perfectly synthesizes their various influences and encapsulates their live show, which has earned them rave reviews both at home and abroad (you can catch clips of their recent NYC performance over at MTV Hive).
"We've been playing as many shows as we can and it all comes to fruition when the album comes out," frontman Mark Fuller said. "We just keep doing what we've been doing; it doesn't change anything, but it's a massive compliment to have music people say that they like your music, so it's a nice thing and we'll take it in stride and keep working, doing what we're doing."
And, as one of MTV's Artists To Watch for 2013, Gold Fields could be poised to break through to the big time here in the U.S. ... just don't expect them to change their perspective any time soon; after all, they're still adjusting to all the trappings of success.
"We're just this band from Australia," drummer Ryan D'Sylva said. "It's been a really long time coming, so we're just excited to start working on the next chapter. We want to get this [album] out and put it down and keep going."
"We've been getting a lot of questions from reporters about our sound, how we'd describe our band, and it's hard to do that," Fuller said. "I just keep saying we're five young men, playing in a band from Australia."
Learn more about Gold Fields and our other picks for 2013 at MTV's Artists To Watch page