Goldrush (band)

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Goldrush performing at the Truck Festival, 2007
Goldrush performing at the Truck Festival, 2007
Background information
OriginOxford, England
GenresAlternative rock, americana
LabelsTruck Records, Virgin Records, Low Transit Industries
MembersRobin Bennett
Joe Bennett
Graham Roby
Past membersJef Clayton

Goldrush are a rock band from Oxfordshire, England.[1] Their music has been compared to Nick Drake, The Byrds, The Flaming Lips and Grandaddy.[by whom?] The band centres on brothers Robin (vocals, guitar) and Joe (keyboards, guitar, vocals) Bennett. The other members are Garo (lead guitar), Growler (bass) and Graham Roby (drums). Original bassist Jef Clayton left the band in 2003.


Goldrush were formed in the late 1990s under the name Whispering Bob,[2] after the DJ "Whispering" Bob Harris,[2] who frontman Robin once served while working in the local SPAR shop. After releasing the mini album Another Fine Mess on their own Truck Records label, they changed their name to Goldrush, and soon after were signed to Virgin Records. Their first full-length album, Don't Bring Me Down, appeared in 2002, but the band was dropped by Virgin later that year. In 2004, the EP Ozona was released on Truck (named after the town of Ozona, Texas where the band once broke down on tour). This was followed by an album-length version on Better Looking Records in the United States.

The band have collaborated with former Ride singer Mark Gardener, serving as his backing band when performing live,[1][3] and on his album These Beautiful Ghosts. Robin, Joe and Garo also play in Danny and the Champions of the World with Danny George Wilson of Grand Drive.[4]

Truck Festival

Inspired by Woodstock The Movie, the Bennett brothers also run the annual Truck Festival along with friends and family at Hill Farm, Steventon, Oxfordshire.[5] The festival began in 1998 and was opened by Garo's first band Merlin.[3][5]



Singles & EPs[edit]

  • "Same Picture" (Truck Records, 2001) - UK #64[6]
  • "Love Is Here" (Virgin Records/Truck Records, 2001)
  • Pioneers EP (Virgin Records/Truck Records, 2002)
  • "Same Picture" [Re-release] (Virgin Records/Truck Records, 2002)
  • "Wide Open Sky" (Virgin Records/Truck Records, 2002) - UK #70[6]
  • Falling Out into the Night EP [A joint EP with Mark Gardener] (Truck Records, 2003)
  • Ozona (EP) (Truck Records, 2004) produced by Rob Campanella


  1. ^ a b Clarke, Betty (1 August 2003). "Review: Mark Gardener - Spitz, London". Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  2. ^ a b Jelbert, Steve (16 February 2001). "Feature: When Will I Be Famous?". Independent News & Media. Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  3. ^ a b Loundras, Alexia (1 August 2003). "Feature: Sweet music by the truckload". Independent News & Media. Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  4. ^ "Review: Danny and the champions of the world: Danny and the Champions of the World: The Sunday Times Review". The Times. London. 13 April 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  5. ^ a b Cragg, Gulliver (19 July 2004). "Feature: They fell off a truck, mate...". Independent News & Media. Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  6. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 230. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.