it's always been important to us that gold blood never be just one "thing", even if people might only know of us because of as being a venue or a merch line or whatever else we get ourselves into. to us the idea of what we're doing transcends a particular building or whatever, it's always been about a sense of community and lifestyle that can express itself through various outlets. we've put a lot of work into making our spot a unique place to see a show, and i think we more than succeeded. in fact, we succeeded to the point that we were able to open a second bigger venue around the corner, and had lined up a few shows with national touring bands that would have been milestones for us.
and then, well, fuck, y'know, here we are. the point is that we don't really know if the gold blood that currently exists will be the gold blood that exists when we're all finally able to crawl out of our tombs and restart the world in a few months. to be completely transparent, it costs a shit ton of money to operate a venue like ours every month, and without show income, we're kinda fucked. not because we have artists or staff to pay currently, but because our landlord will not work with us on rent during this economic downswing despite originally saying that she would. in a time when we're all sort of wondering how we're going to feed ourselves next week, paying our landlords bills for her isn't really a top priority for us. we're able to operate our print shop out of a different location and since that's really all we can do right now, why would we pay 4 figures in rent on a venue space that is not currently a venue space, you feel me?
gold blood has existed in a sketchy hollowed out tattoo shop underneath some illegally built apartments; we've existed in an abandoned church running shows off of a generator and an extension cord running to the neighbor's house; we currently exist in what used to be a costume shop dressing room space. and you know what? i've loved it all, but we can do so much better. at this point, 3 years into what was supposed to be a fun project that ended up turning into a legitimate business, i know we can offer something much better than a sketchy hole in the wall.
if our landlord pulls the trigger and evicts us, or if we can ride out the remainder of our lease somehow and go from there, whatever happens first, getting out of our current spot will open up a new world for us. we've already got our eye on a few spots that would be bigger and better than anything we've ever had. if you know us you know we never say shit like "big things coming" or whatever until we actually have results in hand, so we'll keep our mouths shut for now.
it's never occurred to us to hang it up and call it a day. we've made it this far by constantly adapting and changing and growing to our surroundings while confidently paving our own lane, and it's going to take a lot more than a virus or a shitty landlord to end us.
you can't kill us, we just respawn.
DRAIN - OG STATE STREET SPOT - 2019
AAHJ, OLIVER FRANCIS, TRACE THORPE - KENSINGTON SPOT - 2019
SMRTDEATH - KENSINGTON SPOT - 2019
ABANDONED CHURCH / ROSE PARK - 2018
THE WITCH HOUSE - PART OF THE KENSINGTON BLOCK - 2020