photo by Vincent Monsaint
³Thanks to a dedication to old-school sounds and a timeless sense of songwriting, Gringo Star has established itself as a truly great act. Take notes, Ringo.²- Consequence Of Sound
³Atlanta band crafts its own version of British Invasion rock²- Pitchfork
³Gringo’s very modern garage-rock bedrock supports their experimentalism²- Rolling Stone
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Nevado Music is thrilled to welcome Atlanta, GA psych-rockers Gringo Star to their expanding label roster. Gringo Star will release The Sides And In Between on August 26. The album is available to pre-order now digitally via iTunes. Pure Volume has premiered the video for the band¹s new single ³Rotten² which is available now on all streaming services. Gringo Star¹s Nick Furglueles told Pure Volume, ³ŒRotten’ to me, is about not letting societal standards prevent you from doing or expressing how you want and not waiting till it’s too late to do what you love.² He adds, ³It’s about an establishment designed to keep people in check, and dismantling that establishment.²
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 gang‹uh! ah!‹they¹re 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.
If you know a little about brothers Nick and Peter Furgiueles¹ roots, it all makes sense. ³Our grandad started out in radio in the ¹40s and ¹50s in Columbus, GA.,² Nick explains. ³He was a huge promoter of R&B back when it was still super segregated, and he was playing black music and putting on shows with Little Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Sam Cooke & the Soul Stirrers, a lot of Gospel shows. So we grew up hearing all these stories, listening to all this music. Our grandfather was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame posthumously. And my grandma‹all her photo albums are like Jackie Wilson shirtless backstage, hanging out.² Not to mention how Nick and Peter used to raid their parents¹ record collections, cutting their teeth on the likes of Buddy Holly, The Animals and The Kinks. ³Our favorite music comes from the ¹50s,² Peter says, ³and that music influenced all the ¹60s bands we like.²
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 and fellow Atlantans The Black Lips.