Like the historical strike-it-rich locations that give them their name, so too have Australian outfit Gold Fields quickly proven themselves to be an exciting prospect of musical wealth. Their frantic dance-pop and anthemic jams have fast made their homeland sit up and take notice, and that "eureka moment" is beginning to reverberate around the rest of the world too.
It's been a hectic 12 months since the quintet burst out of their hometown of Ballarat (one of Australia's original gold-mining communities) at the tail-end of 2010. The band's first-ever demo's were instantly added to high rotation by national youth radio station triple j, when they were plucked off its new-bands initiative site Unearthed.
Gold Fields' accompanying live shows quickly gained them a word-of-mouth reputation for being a high-energy combo of pounding drums, rhythmic basslines and flailing dance moves. Crowds were left exhausted, and reviewers frothing words like "outstanding".
Within only a couple of months of forming the band raced off to the UK to do showcase gigs that included shows with The Naked & Famous and SBTRKT, and secured themselves a release on tastemaker London label Young & Lost Club.
Gold Fields arrived back home in Australia to be hand-picked by triple j to play the prestigious Falls Festival over New Years. Since then they've shared stages with international artists like Crystal Castles and Datarock, and embarked on extensive tours with home-grown heroes The Holidays, Miami Horror and Pnau.
In July 2011, Gold Fields signed an international deal with Astralwerks which places them squarely in the position of following the breakout success-story of the previous Australian band to do so, Empire Of The Sun. With contract freshly inked, Gold Fields de-camped to Los Angeles to begin work on their debut album with renowned producer Mickey Petralia (Ladytron, Beck) at the legendary Ocean Way Studios.
While the finishing touches are put to the record, Gold Fields are currently back home and sending Australian audiences into a dance frenzy during its summer festival season. As they gear up to release their album and take on the rest of the world in 2012, be assured of one thing - the future is gold.