Spanish Gold has gotten rave reviews for their latest release, South of Nowhere, and for good reason. The album is a bluesy ass-shaker with James Brown-esque grooves, and the songs range from riff-heavy tracks featuring raw instrumentation to simplistic summer jams perfect for chilling with a beer.
It’s no wonder that South of Nowhere keeps you moving so much with My Morning Jacket‘s Patrick Hallahan behind the drum kit. The man sounds like a modern day Bonham with his main project, and putting him behind a bluesy funk act can only result in manic hip movements and uncontrollable bouncing. Rounded out by guitarist Adrian Quesada (from Grupo Fantasma) and guitarist/vocalist Dante Schwebel (of City and Colour), Spanish Gold’s music will not be leaving my regular rotation for quite some time.
Spanish Gold’s video for “Day Drinkin” is a perfect combination of comedy, tragedy, and daydreaming. A curious clown with a flask and need for adventure wanders around a seemingly boring suburban area. I don’t want to ruin anything, but it’s a simple concept that actually makes you think a bit. There isn’t a bad song on South of Nowhere, and the video is well worth the three minutes of your time.
Spanish Gold played at The Troubadour just a few weeks ago, and they’ll be hitting some major festivals this summer. Keep an eye out for more LA shows in the near future.
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