Monday, July 16, 2007
GRINGO STAR - NO REASON
ARTIST / BAND: GRINGO STAR
SONG (MP3): NO REASON
ALBUM: Gringo Star
FILE UNDER: Big Beat / Psychedelic / Southern Rock
INFO: By condensing a palette of swirling and innovative guitar voyages and a sweat-soaked and baroque punk ethos that loses itself in carpet-crawling majesty, Gringo Star has emerged as Atlanta's favorite rock and roll son. Brothers Nick (24) and Peter Furgiule (22), along with Pete Delorenzo (26) and Matt McCalvin (24) have continually built steam by crisscrossing the US and England, honing their chops on rock and roll's frontline.
Crafting an art-damaged and intense presence, the group's sound falls somewhere between the Animals, Motown, and The Kinks: sexy, humble, and unmovable. In person, the group's soft-spoken demeanor instills a sense of alluring mystery. But on-stage Gringo Star explodes. Never ones to hang on to the same instruments for too long, on-stage each member of the group sprints and hurdles from station to station, swapping out guitar for bass for drums for voice. As a result, the group's multi-faceted musicianship culminates in dense, cerebral rock mantras that are hard-wired to both the head and heart.