The Golden Dawn gears up for EP release showWritten by Mike Bauman | | firstname.lastname@example.org
When it comes to Toledo’s own The Golden Dawn, the band isn’t interested in recycling what has already been done before.
“I feel like for us, the one thing we kind of flagged down in the industry was the thing that went wrong with the industry is it seems like people lost the passion and what writing is actually about,” drummer Aaron Harman said. “So I think all of us just kind of rekindled that, like what we think music should be about.”
Though The Golden Dawn fits into what many would describe as metalcore, a deeper meaning lies beneath the band’s heavy sound. Comprised of Harman, vocalist Chris McCormick, bassist John Fleischmann and guitarists Jeremy O’Hara and Patrick Shekut, The Golden Dawn aims to convey that depth on Dec. 14 with its EP release show at Frankie’s.
“It’s more about being creative than just being really heavy,” McCormick said. “We really just want to make music that a lot of people can relate to instead of a very few.”
The band’s name is a direct reference to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Established in Great Britain in the late 19th Century, the group practiced spiritual development.
“It’s also got a more cynical meaning because everyone’s always looking for a turning point in their lives if they think everything’s going to become perfect, and it usually doesn’t work out that way,” McCormick said. “So it works on a couple different levels for us.”
An avid reader, McCormick’s lyrics are often influenced by the material that inspires him. For instance, The Golden Dawn’s EP is titled “Amor Fati,” which is Latin for “love of fate.”
“I got that from Nietzsche,” McCormick said. “I have a couple books by Nietzsche at my house, and I really liked the flow of the words and what it stood for. So that ended being the EP [title] and we’re really happy with it.
“It’s about circumstances. I believe that you can make yourself into whatever you want to be, even though you’re in a certain circumstance. Like, something can look dark, but you can always turn it into a positive.”
For the six-song “Amor Fati,” The Golden Dawn went down to Galena in October for a week to record with Nick Ingram at his Capital House Studio.
“Just spending the week down there, it was just awesome,” Harman said of recording with Ingram, who also serves as the vocalist for The Promise Estate. “Nick lives in, like, the middle of nowhere. So it’s like you get to go down and write music, and after recording you can go for a walk in the woods and kind of detach. All around being there was a great recording experience, so I would highly recommend it to anyone else, for sure.”
Harman and McCormick said Ingram helped the band achieve what it was going for, including the use of ambient, atmospheric sounds through its guitars rather than solely relying on synths.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re a signed band and you’re massive or you’re the smallest band on planet earth,” Harman said. “Nick has a huge heart for making you sound the absolute best that you want to sound.”
From the ambient nature of “Tell Me” to more in-your-face songs like “Rats” and “Dry Blood,” Harman said The Golden Dawn is proud that it tried to make every track on the forthcoming EP sound different.
“We take pride in writing music that kids our age can relate to — real world problems — not just straight negative music or music about ex-girlfriends,” Harman said. “No, this is music about yourself.”
Having played in bands with Harman for nearly a decade, McCormick is happy with the development of The Golden Dawn’s sound and eager for the release of “Amor Fati.”
“I know [on Dec. 14] we’re going to have a lot of our friends there, and it’s just going to be a really good time,” McCormick said. “We’re playing with a few of our friends, too, who agreed to hop on the show, and it’s just going to be a great night.”
On Dec. 14, The Golden Dawn will headline a show that also features Convictions, Hail To The King and Northern Shores at Frankie’s, 308 Main St. Tickets are $8 in advance and available at all Ticketmaster outlets, Culture Clash Records and Ramalama Records. Tickets will be $10 at the door the night of the show. Doors are at 8 p.m. and all ages are welcome. For more info, visit frankiesinnercity.com.