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PropertyOfZack spoke with Prabir and Matt from Goldrush a month or so ago for a brief interview. Matt, Prabir, and I discussed the band’s collaboration with Motion City Soundtrack and Drexel University for Making Moves, the 7” they recorded for the series, the band’s history, the future, and more. Check it out below!
For the record, can you guys state your names and roles in Goldrush?
Prabir: My name is Prabir and I play guitar and I sing.
Matt: I’m Matt and I play bass. My wife Treesa plays violin and Gregg with two, I’m sorry, 3 G’s, two at the end plays drums.
You guys were announced for this great Making Moves Motion City project not too long ago, but for readers who might not know who you are, can you just explain the background of the band?
Prabir: I used to play in another group around the east coast and I was trying to get some string players to record some tunes with us, but that band ended up tricking out and breaking up. But Matt and Treesa were still interested in doing it so I thought “Fuck it. Let’s go for it and see what happens.” And we started playing around the Richmond, Virginia area. We picked up our drummer, Gregg Brooks a few months after that and the rest is history.
When exactly was it that Goldrush came into existence?
Prabir: I want to say late 2009, or early 2010… Somewhere in there.
Matt: If I had to guess, I’d say September or October of ‘09.
Prabir: Actually Zack, I’m doing my taxes right now and I just found out that it was in September of 2009 that I bought that guitar so… That’s when it was. So when you turn this interview into the IRS it has to match…
POZ: They will be glad to know you are so on top of documenting.
Prabir: That’s right man, we’re a very fiscally responsible band here at Goldrush.
Also for readers who might not know, how much have you guys released so far in terms of material and that sort of stuff?
Prabir: We have a few tunes that are up on iTunes right now. We haven’t really put out a full length ever. We’ve kind of gone the way of the “guided by voices” philosophy of putting out things in little chunks when they happen. So there’s a handful of music out there. Unfortunately not too much of it is available because we were kind of waiting for something that would be a reason to have it available. And it appears as though this Making Moves Series is that reason.
Exactly, this is a great opportunity. Can you discuss how you came to know the Motion City guys, or how the Motion City guys came to know you?
Prabir: Actually Matt [Taylor] and Tony [Thaxton] used to play in a band in Richmond ages ago. When I was a wee one, I used to go to see them play all the time. I hadn’t really talked to them in ages and all of the sudden Matt Taylor showed up at one of our shows like five months ago or so and was just really excited about the band because he had heard some recordings we did. He had no idea who we were, but he just kind of showed up and…that began that relationship.
When did Making Moves present itself? This is a big deal and a really nice chance so was that right off the bat something that you guys were deeply interested and excited for?
Prabir: Yeah, totally. I can only speak for myself, but we were just super excited and kind of in a state of shock.
Matt: Zack, I’ll speak for the rest of us: We were all stoked.
Motion City has a somewhat mainstream-ish following, but are more seen in the pop-punk world. Your music doesn’t exactly fit in there but not all the Making Moves bands have that sound at all. Was it interesting to work with people in a different sort of environment than you might be used to playing in?
Prabir: Yeah, actually I think that working with Matt Taylor didn’t seem like it was a stretch for any reason. I think that he is very well versed in, I guess, the concept of music. I don’t even know how to explain. He knows when things are bad and when things are good, regardless of what genre. When we went up there to record with him producing, it didn’t feel like a chore or it didn’t feel like a stretch away from what we do. And it didn’t feel like he was reaching away from what he does, it was all for the sake of making something sound good, which I think is applicable to… as shitty metal song is still a shitty metal song, you know? A bad pop song is still a bad pop song.