Back in the late ’90s, I got really into a band called Golden, featuring members of Trans Am as well as a young, pre-Mars Volta Jon Theodore. I last caught them at a Mercury Lounge show some ten years ago; I distinctly remember getting whapped in the face by a meathead’s twirling t-shirt. Since then, I’ve barely heard a blip.
Imagine my surprise, then, to learn that the band has since morphed into Extra Golden, and that half its membership now consists of Kenyan Benga stars. Americans Ian Eagleson and Alex Minoff remain; the former is an ethnomusicologist, which explains his Benga fascination.
Check out their new single here—a rock/Benga mashup that sticks to your brain like Krazy Glue. (Yes, that’s a compliment.) A full-length album, Thank You Very Quickly, comes out on Thrill Jockey in about a month.