Gold Star Gold Star is the home-recording project of duo Adam Miller and Adam Obermeier. Born out of a mutual partnership aimed to explore writing within traditional pop song structures of AM dial radio, Gold Star Gold Star found Miller and Obermeier expanding beyond their self-imposed prompt. Their forthcoming debut album, Introducing… Gold Star Gold Star, has twelve original songs recorded in mono.
“If You Only Knew,” the first single the duo are sharing off of the forthcoming LP, sways and swoons in a sepia breeze, every signifier of love hanging in the balance; the plinking glockenspiel and falsetto vocal falls balance against rubbery bass and waves of guitar. Reminiscent of work Elephant 6 was cooking up in the 90s.
Listen to the new single “If You Only Knew” and read our interview below!
Can you talk to us about the inspiration behind your single, “If You Only Knew”?
A true to form of the nascent goals of GSGS, to make pop music in structures that benefit the hook best that we are familiar with; that we can speak most fluently. The mythos of the AM dial in the context of the internet zeitgeist. I think we felt connected to The Everly Brothers here. – Adam Obermeier
This was recorded early on when our focus was writing in strict pop song structures. Then in the recording process those conventions were thrown out and we’d just track the part that made us laugh, or use old RadioShack mics on instruments that limit the EQ spectrum and have a weird almost crunchy quality. – Adam Miller
How do you think your community has contributed to your success?
Our most immediate community of friends and collaborators is the Jungle Green crew, a band led by Andrew Smith that we are also members of. They are great friends and great musicians that I am always inspired by. Our experiences together have opened my eyes to embracing spontaneity in writing and recording music. – AM
I think “community” was solely present in having our friend Viv McCall and her resources and effort to help us record was truly present. GSGS began as a recording project and it’s ambition at the time was just such. Outside of her help, Bryant at our label Earth Libraries taking a chance on us and believing in the music we sent him and being an all around champion of support of vision broadening that “community”. – AO
What was the first thing that got you interested in music?
I was always into music growing up and had a bunch of mix CDs I’d listen to on my walkman in elementary school. If you would like to hear an example – you would find many compilations of Beach Boys, Beatles, and Who songs. – AM
Hearing “I Want To Hold Your Hand” at age 4. Initiation began. – AO
Describe to our audience your music-making process.
Adam and I would write songs on our own time and get together to refine them, tightening up the arrangement, editing lyrics/melodies and so on. Then we’d get together with our producer/friend/JG member Vivian McCall at her apartment to record the songs. Our approach to each song was pretty circumstantial to whatever we were into at the moment. – AM
We Let the studio collaboration lead the song to wherever its going, whether congruous or not to what we had in mind when showing one another a skeletal song. Each song naturally dictates who plays what instruments. – AO
What advice would you give other musicians?
If a song is missing something, children’s choir 9 times out of 10 is what you’re looking for. I don’t make the rules. – AO
We all can grow and we all can learn. – AM
Strange. This is our first time having music pressed to vinyl with a Label who’s dedicated to helping us, and it’s something you always look forward to. The recording process was so long ago, and release time came during times of unprecedented crisis, so the course has been strange, but humbling. If anything it makes you happy for the creative process itself and that that exists in us all. It has made me happy for friends and what creating with them has given me. – AO
We started this project about two and a half years ago now. After recording our first song “I Know Who To Call” just as a fun project, we were so excited about it we immediately set the very ambitious goal of a 12-song record. It took a year and a half to make, and I personally have a hard time listening to any music I made over like 6 months in the past. I’m really grateful for EL’s support and faith in us though, and have to trust that it’s a good record! – AM
And finally, if you could collaborate with any musician/band, who would it be? And why?
My grandfather Ralph. He didn’t actively play music but he tended a garden, wood-worked, and had a sunday funnies comic strip wit and perspective. Think that paired with generational divide and kinship would make a really sick collaboration. – AO
If I had to choose someone it would probably be Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3. We’re big admirers of him, and his production on MGMT’s Congratulations and Beach House’s 7 is really inspiring. -AM