An indie rock project that marries rough D.I.Y. surfaces with simple but artfully intelligent songs, Gold Connections is the brainchild of songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Will Marsh.
Marsh took up the guitar as a preteen, and began writing songs when he was 12 years old. He played in a few garage bands in high school, and developed a taste for folk music, recording an acoustic-oriented EP during his senior year. After graduating from high school, Marsh enrolled at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he immersed himself in indie rock and began writing and recording new songs. He also became involved in the college's student radio station, WCWM, where he met fellow student Will Toledo in 2014. Marsh passed along some of his music to Toledo, and Toledo liked it enough that he invited Marsh to join his band, Car Seat Headrest
. Marsh soon quit Car Seat Headrest
to form his own group, Gold Connections, but not only did Toledo take it in stride, he became the drummer for Marsh's new band. In time, Toledo became busy enough that he opted to devote his attention to his own band, but he did help Marsh produce a set of recordings at a local studio, with Toledo producing and playing many of the instruments. The early Gold Connections tracks soon went into rotation on WCWM, and when Car Seat Headrest
set out on tour after the release of the album Teens of Style, they took Gold Connections along as their opening act. In September 2015, Gold Connections released a digital single, "Popular Fiction," and when the staff at the successful indie label Fat Possum Records
heard Marsh's material, they immediately signed Gold Connections to a record deal. The label dropped a single, "Icarus," in July 2016, and a self-titled EP drawn from the recordings produced by Toledo was issued in March 2017. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi