The Sides And In Between
New album out now via Nevado Music
“Thanks 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.”- Consequence Of Sound
“Atlanta band crafts its own version of British Invasion rock”- Pitchfork
“Gringo’s very modern garage-rock bedrock supports their experimentalism”- Rolling Stone
Atlanta, GA psych-rockers Gringo Star released The Sides And In Between on August 25th via Nevado Music. The album is available now digitally via iTunes. Consequence Of Sound premiered the band’s new single “Magic.” Consequence Of Sound says, “Plenty of bands draw liberally from power pop and garage rock, but few are discriminating enough to know exactly which parts to take from each and which to leave on the cutting room floor. Their aesthetic is pure garage, the kind of thing that can’t be faked but is born after years of touring in sweaty basements and rock clubs. It’s the melodies, however, that really set these guys apart from your standard-issue rock revivalists.” “Magic” is available now on digital service providers.
Gringo Star has also announced an extensive summer and fall tour. The band’s upcoming tour will kick off on August 10 in Charlotte, NC and will make stops in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and more. All confirmed dates are listed below. Look for additional shows to be added in the coming weeks.
Earlier this summer, Pure Volume premiered the video for the band’s new single “Rotten” which is available now on all streaming services. Gringo Star’s Nick Furglueles told Pure Volume, “‘Rotten’ 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.” He adds, “It’s about an establishment designed to keep people in check, and dismantling that establishment.”
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!—they’re 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 Furgiueles’ roots, it all makes sense. “Our grandad started out in radio in the ’40s and ’50s in Columbus, GA.,” Nick explains. “He 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.” Not to mention how Nick and Peter used to raid their parents’ record collections, cutting their teeth on the likes of Buddy Holly, The Animals and The Kinks. “Our favorite music comes from the ’50s,” Peter says, “and that music influenced all the ’60s bands we like.”
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.
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