Sunday, February 17, 2008

Gringo Star


ARTIST / BAND: Gringo Star

SONG (MP3): All Y'All

ALBUM: Gringo Star

FILE UNDER: Big Beat / Psychedelic / Southern Rock


INFO: Hmm, a Spanish-language Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band tribute band? Not with a song title like "All Y'all". Formerly known as A Fir-Ju Well, Atlanta's Gringo Star put their octopi in a different garden, playing psych-tinged garage-punk with echoes of like-minded locals the Black Lips, with whom they have shared bills. The first single from a forthcoming album Gringo Star are recording with Ben H. Allen III (Animal Collective, Christina Aguilera, Gnarls Barkley, P. Diddy), "All Y'all" is an exuberant rush of early Kinks guitars, tambourines, handclaps, multi-part harmonies, and bits of tinkly piano, all catchy even if they don't reinvent the wheel. Frontman Nicholas Furgiuele's shouts have a crisp, Jack White-like swagger as he warns about a man who won't ever treat you right-- you being "all y'all, all y'all," I suppose.

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