Not a 'normal' Golden Afternoon

Band from Huntington Beach was up for 'Best New Artist' at this year's OC Music Awards.

April 18, 2012|By Brittany Woolsey, Special to The Independent
  • Golden Afternoon at Sound Check Rehearsal Studios in Huntington Beach on April 11.
Golden Afternoon at Sound Check Rehearsal Studios in… (By Brittany Woolsey,…)

While some bands may say that their image or sound makes them different from others, Golden Afternoon has another idea about what sets them apart.

"We're weird," Elizabeth Messick (vocals) said about her band, four of whose five members are from Huntington Beach.

"We strive to not be normal or conventional," Ashay Shah (drums) continued.

What Messick and Shah mean by "weird" is their quirky on-stage dance moves and the fact that Messick feels so comfortable in front of her bandmates.

"It's cool because we can be weird together," Messick said. "I can burp and fart in front of them, and I don't care."

However, weirdness hasn't stopped this quintet from earning success in just around a year since its formation. Golden Afternoon was nominated for the "Best New Artist" category at the OC Music Awards earlier this year, but lost to Jeramiah Red.

Golden Afternoon did not apply for the OC Music Awards, so when they found out they were nominated, they said they were shocked.


"They just recognized us, which I thought was awesome," Messick said. "A lot of the bands have to sign up to do the live band performance [at the awards], and I didn't want to sign up. I don't really like competition."

"It was a big surprise because we only have three songs recorded," Shah said. "So, they would have had to have seen us live."

The group has also played shows all over Orange County, including a December residency at La Cave in Costa Mesa and a co-headlining show at the House of Blues Anaheim.

"[The House of Blues] was by far our biggest show," Shah said, referring to family, friends and fans they didn't know they had showing up to support them.

Golden Afternoon has been recognized for their cover of "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Videos of the band singing the song at live shows have surfaced on YouTube and Edward Sharpe fan sites.

"We covered that a year ago for our friend John's birthday," Messick said. "We only covered it a couple of times, but [now] I don't like that song at all because we played it so many times then I heard it all over the radio. Most of our covers are requests."

Messick said the band as a whole aims for a Tom Waits-type feel, while she is inspired by the way Ella Fitzgerald sings.

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