Gringo Star At The Shacklewell Arms
CLUB.THE.MAMMOTH. presents Gringo Star, with new album "Back to the City" out on Nevado Music.
The Shacklewell Arms - 12th February 2019
The Atlanta indie rock band Gringo Start is thrilled to tour their new studio album, Back to The City, released on August 24th on Nevado Music.
Peter Furgiuele, from the band says, We really didnt know exactly what we were gonna do when we got our buddy Dave to add some string melodies we had thought up for the song. We kind of hummed it out for him as best we could and when we heard the playback we were blown away and at that point we pretty much got him to play on every other track on the album.
The album is the band offering another fresh take of garage, psychedelic and classic rock and roll, this time even offering strings. Back To The City is the first album recorded with Gringo Stars newest secret weapon Joshua Longino who help swap on guitars, bass, percussion and vocals with the Furgiuele brothers. As well a first with some lush strings by Dave Claassen.
Gringo Star are insouciant explorers, tossing the paddles overboard and drifting on the currents of their lackadaisical curiosity across a rippling sonic ocean, out to the far edges of rock & roll. Shots pulsing from a vintage Leslie speaker, their guitars, keys and vocals create the psychoactive ingredients of their echo-slathered, doo-wop-indebted indie gems; psychedelic garage bangers, gritty R&B shuffles and spaghetti western weirdness. Taking cues from Santo & Johnny, The Stooges, Ritchie Valens, Marc Bolan, Percy Faith, Sam Cooke, the men working on the chain ganguh! ah!theyre all here, their electric ghosts reaching across time, tapping Gringo Star on the shoulder like the crossroads devil to Robert Johnson, bestowing secrets, passing torches.
The band has toured relentlessly across the U.S. and Europe building a diehard underground following while sharing bills with everyone from Cat Power and Feist to The Black Angels and Weezer, and also touring with Wavves, Best Coast, And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, The Orwells, and fellow Atlantans The Black Lips.
...this amiable Atlanta quartet borrow the keenly stacked harmonies and unpolished yet precise pop licks of the Beatles' Cavern Club days, but their newfound psychedelic, meandering impulses nudge them closer to the Kinks and Yardbirds than to the Fabs; the viola cries and distended tango pulse of Esmarelda may have fit on Village Green Preservation Society." - Rolling Stone
"Mixing one part punk rock ethic, one part manic performance and a heavy dose of 1950s Americana...Images of old Western shootouts, drunken nights in saloons and frantic pianos were all over the place while they played. - Consequence Of Sound
"Back to the City is a strong, decisive, and inspired step forward for Gringo Star, and shows the Furgiuele brothers are just beginning to tap their creativity. - 4/5 Creative Loafing
Atlanta's Gringo Star Continue to Bring Killer Riffs with Back To The City - KEXP
...another collection of reliably catchy garage-pop that draws from the dusty corners of doo-wop, surf-rock and 60s psychedelia, this one with a touch more sophistication with the addition of orchestral flourishes. Its another hit for a band that has been piling them up for more than a decade now - Buzzbands LA
"Finding an impressive middle ground... easily slip in somewhere between fellow Atlanta natives The Black Lips chaos-infused compositions and MGMTs sing-along medleys. - Paste Magazine
I think its fair to say we could all use a little slice of escapism, and Gringo Stars first single off their new album does just that. Transporting listeners to the edge of neo-psychedelic territory, and laced with a vintage string section, its the perfect sonic combination to pull anyone out of a rut. The rest of the track is led by pulsing keys, giving it that 60s pop vibe, while the vocals fully delve into our collective Beach Boys era nostalgia. The perfect opener for the approaching season, its a feel-good tune with just a sprinkle of something sad, fully capturing that salty-sweet feeling of days slipping by in the summer heat." Culture Collide
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