KAITLYN GOLD. When you hear this name, the first thing that should strike you is the boldness of the gold standard it implies.
And yes, Kaitlyn and her band “The Orphan Age” have a golden line-up of talent. From the steady drumming of Zak Nash (played nicely in the pocket along with bass player Jordon Lawson) to the groovy lead riffs of guitarist Aaron Cruz, the group is a solid act. There is no weak link to the group, and thus the gold standard is already established.
But this act is fronted by a leading lady with a hell of a voice. Once her lyrics set in, another truth becomes clear: the real gold comes from the content of singer Kaitlyn Gold’s heart and character. It’s a cumulative effect with the rest of the group, but there is no missing her artist director of the project.
It’s all in her timbre of singing and the darkness in her lyrics that sets this group apart. Kaitlyn’s voice, soothing and low, expresses a mourning that clearly stems straight from the depths of her soul. Each word, a story in its own, tells a larger tale of heartbreak and solitude. The podcast interview was very telling into the motives of her lyrics, a place of darkness and beauty. (Editor’s Note: Interview is below.)
But for this band, it’s not all bleak: the dark tone is a thing of beauty, a sparkle of light that shines in the blackest of situations. Even when their songs seem hopeless, hope still shines. Her single, “Buried Alive”, is a perfect symbol of all that the band does right. It’s sad, yet upbeat. It’s catchy, yet honest and real. Every word of it feels carefully placed, vivid and impossible not to let capture your mind’s eye.
What you realize in listening to this dark yet energetic act is that there is more than meets the eye. Inside this grim tale is a silver lining, a diamond in that coal. Or, in this case, a glitter the dark that turned to gold.
Watch the exclusive interview and performance with Kaitlyn and her band below.