PHOTOS / REVIEW: Gold and the Rush & Big History @ Tipitina’s 1/26/12

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The combined age of the two last bands featured at WTUL’s Back To School Bash at Tipitina’s would make them barely old enough to walk and somewhere deep into the Terrible Two’s. Having not heard of Gold and the Rush until yesterday afternoon, I was completely in the dark as to their sound and although they described one of their tunes written four months ago as “old”, they came off as road-tested, having already jelled into a well-formed Americana-tinged rock band, representing an amalgamation of too many rough-and-tumble outfits to name, but with an entirely unique vocal presence from bands prior. There were a couple moments of unexpected transcendence towards the end, delivering a revelatory set that’ll undoubtedly help build their following via word-of-mouth from those in attendance. Despite a rough vocal mix for the early portion of the set and an assumedly small catalog, Gold and Rush put together nearly an hour’s worth of new, impressive material that teetered between pure-bred rock-and-roll, and country-infused punk-a-billy.