Road-tripping on a tropical highway surrounded by miles of turquoise water. Tall, windswept plains. A Vegas heist and the getaway chase. Gold Dust Lounge’s music is the soundtrack to imaginary films of your own making.
Led by south Florida native, Russell Mofsky, whose musical style weaves together eclectic influences from classic TV theme songs and midcentury exotica, to gritty surf punk echoed by the jazz of Ellington, Monk, and Miles. Mofsky pulls off remarkable feats of original songwriting that feel both familiar and at the same time utterly fresh.
Gold Dust Lounge is a fixture in the Miami scene with regular performances and residencies at high-end venues including The Standard, The Royal Palm, and The Betsy, The Broken Shaker, Bardot, and more. They play clubs up and down the South Florida coast, as well as tour outside of the state. In 2013, the band opened locally for surf legend Dick Dale, and played their third year at the Hukilau Tiki & Exotica Festival. They returned to New York for the second year in a row where they teamed up with noted jazz drummer, Allison Miller, for a tour including Corning, NY’s 2300 Degrees Festival. Gold Dust Lounge’s music is also featured in the documentary “Plastic Paradise: A Swingin’ Trip Through America’s Polynesian Obsession” which premiered nationally on PBS in the fall of 2013.
The band’s diverse mix of influences gives them broad appeal—they are equally at home tearing it up in smoky rock clubs or turning it down in quiet, intimate venues. “The inside of Mofsky’s head is like a tour of your cool neighbor’s garage, the one with the recording studio in it,” says the Sun Sentinel’s Ben Crandell. “There are guitars and amps, old skateboards and surfboards, Miles Davis albums next to those of Debussy and Sonic Youth, a console TV set once home to ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ ‘Bonanza’, ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ and ‘Lawrence Welk”, some Bettie Page pictures, fliers from an assortment of Brooklyn and Wynwood bars, a poster for ‘A Fistful of Dollars’ and a roll-up movie screen that might have flickered with 16mm scenes from ‘Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women’.” Gold Dust Lounge’s new album, Lost Sunset, is due out in May 2014.
Mofsky is also working on original music for a forthcoming documentary on noted pin-up photographer, Bunny Yeager.
"There are, of course, many South Florida sounds, but if we had to be defined by just one, Gold Dust Lounge feels about right. Russell Mofsky and his band have created a special rhythm that glows like a flickering old TV or the nostalgic neon of a Miami Beach go-go lounge." -Ben Crandell, Sun Sentinel, September 26, 2013.
“Described as spy-fi and exotica surf rock, among other catch phrases, Gold Dust Lounge [is] unique. Led by guitarist, Russell Mofsky, the band’s reverb drenched and loop-laden instrumentals reflect influences from punk rock to Noir film soundtracks … Gold Dust Lounge cuts quite a musical path through the turntable dominated South Florida music scene.” -Ed Bell, 91.3FM WLRN, Miami’s NPR Station