Press Releases 2014-2015

Welsh Band Joined by UWTSD Creative Support Act


Welsh band Goldbringer have a new support act in the form of artistic University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) students and alumni who have worked on a new logo and music video.

Third-year advertising and brand design student Amy Stead has taken on the role of a branding consultant and graphics expert, creating a new identity for the band. Meanwhile, UWTSD photography graduates Dan Leek and Melanie Ezra have been lending their expertise in the creation of a new promotional video for Goldbringer’s latest single, Top Dollar.

Bridgend-based Goldbringer was founded in 2007 and started as a solo project by frontman Ben Honebone, whose early demos explored potential routes into electronica and psychedelia. After a few years, the Goldbringer drive for experimentation and diversification saw the inclusion of classically trained Jodie Absalom and percussionist composer Wayne Absalom.

As a three piece the band has evolved to transcend the boundaries of the traditional structures of rock music. The creative relationship between the trio sees Goldbringer’s initial ideas on electronica forming a dialogue with both rock and classical styles.

UWTSD student Amy Stead said: “It was a great opportunity for me. Working closely with Goldbringer allowed me to gain invaluable professional experience and I’ve really broadened my branding skills as a result.”

Goldbringer frontman Ben Honebone has always believed in a hands-on approach to creativity and talent, both in moulding the shape of the South Wales musical landscape, and also through bringing opportunities to other creatives in the area.

He said: “Working with Amy brought fresh ideas and methods to our previous way of creating our art and designs. She understood instantly what we were about and we were impressed by the professional standard of the work she produced for us.”

Goldbringer (l to r) Jodie Absalom, Ben Honebone, Wayne AbsalomAbout the video, UWTSD graduate Melanie Ezra said: “For me, responding visually to music is a natural extension of creating. Goldbringer’s music aims to transcend the boundaries of the traditional structures of rock music so it makes sense to me that the team supporting Goldbringer are also thinking outside of the box.”

She added: “Goldbringer’s music not only forms a dialogue between rock and classical but now it seems that their music is creating a new dialogue with UWTSD graduates and undergraduates alike. With a new album planned for early 2015 it looks likely that Goldbringer’s innovative approach to publicising their music will continue to involve the creative muscle of UWTSD students.”

Note to Editor

  1. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.
  2. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.
  3. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014.

Further Information

Steven Stokes
Principal Corporate Communications and PR Officer
07872 423788