Solid Gold Balls

Air Date: 01-19-15

Solid Gold Balls is a Family Core Indie Punk Hard Folk rock band from Portland, Oregon. We make music because it is fun. We also make music because it’s a welcome respite from our regular lives of the non-stop hustle - trying to earn a livelihood, maintaining happy home fronts, keeping kids from destroying the house, keeping kids from destroying their pants.

The band is Mitch Wiencken, father of 3; Matt Souther, father of 2; Dan Stieg, yet to procreate. (He might not be doing it correctly. Feel free to offer suggestions.) Mitch plays guitar, sings, and writes the lyrics. Matt plays the bass and sings in the background. Dan plays the drums and pays the studio rent. Mitch is new to the rock band world, but makes up for it with ridiculous creativity. Dan was in a band called The American Girls (Trauma Records) that was good. Dan and Matt were both in a band called Odds Against Tomorrow (Sony Music) that was also good, but tried too hard. Matt was in a band called The Baseboard Heaters that was also good and also tried too hard. When you try that hard, the disappointment of not becoming world famous crushes your nuts and makes you bitter. Therefore, we don’t really give a shit about becoming world famous. That’s not to say we don’t work hard to create quality rock. We usually do. But we don’t wear gig shirts with flames or snakes or laughing devils on them. We use fans to cool off, not to make our hair look like we play in hurricanes. We don’t take band photos in abandoned warehouses with disinterested looks on our faces. Again, we make the music because it is fun. Super-bonus if others enjoy it as much as we do.

Since every bio must include a description of what our music sounds like, and since that description is easiest to achieve through means of comparison, we give you the 3 w’s: The Who, Wilco, and Ween. We try to harness the power of the Who (which comes naturally to us), the musicality of Wilco (everyone knows how good they are), and the lyrical genius of Ween (though we don’t even come close to doing the amount of drugs they do/have done, and therefore probably won’t come close to the level of Buenos Tardes Amigo, Stroker Ace, or Piss Up a Rope). That said, when people say we sound like Pavement, Spoon, or The Hold Steady, we don’t disagree. Pavement was awesome. Spoon makes cool records. Craig Finn sings nice. Those are our aspirations as well. Our music isn’t heavy metal, though at times we get pretty heavy. It’s kinda Indie Rock, but without all the irony. And it’s kinda punk, though you wouldn’t think that from looking at us. It’s hard to look punk and not get thrown out of PTA meetings so we keep our punk on the inside. See photos, videos, and hear music at facebook.com/solidgoldballs.

Solid Gold Balls

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