First Stone (Mastered Audio)

Andalusia Roseandalusia coverHere’s a new version of our debut video ‘First Stone’ from the EP of the same title. This one has the mastered audio!

Our EP ‘First Stone’ is available in digital download, cd and 3 vinyl versions! Choose from classic black, blue or blue with oxblood splatter! Grab ’em on our Bandcamp Site!

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Here’s a review from City Slang outta Seattle!

“Somewhere between old school Gospel and Austin based blues Andalusia Rose finds a viable medium and works in elements of contemporary recording techniques creating lots of “space” and lingering atmosphere . The music has a smoky back-woods vibe about it though you can very distinctly hear shades of bands like The Black Crows, Lazy Susan and The Peach Kings. Their first batch of songs is surprisingly polished for a band that’s only been around for about 3 years. Wendy Lee Gadzuk is the singer, guitarist and primary songwriter. She writes from a centered place that projects confidence but leaves a lingering uncomfortable edginess. The rest of the band has been a cast of rotating musicians – the current line-up is Paul Jarvis on drums and Jeff Vengeance covering pretty much everything else. Coming from bands like The 440’s, Sucker Star, The Flesh Eaters and Skin Lab there’s plenty of seasoned talent in this group. I think the first thing I noticed about the songs from a musician’s perspective was the old-school guitar tones. Nothing processed or modernized – all vintage and organic, so much so you can smell tubes cooking through the headphones. They add variety to the textures of the songs with tones ranging from shimmering cleans to Hendrix-type mid gains and are not afraid to use subtle delays, slides and other colorful effects at exactly the right moments. The first song I listened to was their rendition of The Rose (yes, the Bette Midler ballad). Their spin on it is, in a word, unsettling like something they’d use little pieces of in the background of an Elm Street movie. She doubles her own voice creating a natural chorusing effect but the tracks are different enough to be oddly out of phase. The song is built upon layers of vocals, slide guitar, creepy keyboards and…bird samples which is a bit disturbing. It’s not typical of the rest of their music which is cool because it shows their material is more diverse and less one-sided. Next track I spun was Destroyer which was my fave. This one starts out wide open with slide guitar that has a total Cowboy Junkies vibe then a third of the way into it the rhythm guitar gets “heavy” and the whole thing shifts to more of a Tesla feel and the by time it hits the middle mark it has a southern bounce to it that almost sounds like a toned down Molly Hatchet song. Let it Shine contrasts completely starting out with a gospel feel then turning into something between Joplin and Collective Soul. Listening to the rest of the tunes they sent me it’s apparent they have a very broad range of influences spanning the 60’s through the 90’s. There’s nothing cookie-cutter about any of it. Bottom line – This is well thought out music performed and recorded flawlessly. It’s a new twist on an old style we’ve all heard before but not in many years or done this well. Look for their upcoming release First Stone available soon on CD, download and a limited run on vinyl. Do yourself a favor, find Andalusia Rose on-line and see what the fuss is all about.” – 6/7 –  Spot Mandeux

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