OK back to the Rock! I’m sharing this brand new release by TMODM not only because it’s a solid Psychedelic Heavy Rock trip but because they have recently tapped me to handle bass duties on upcoming support for this release. My main band Andalusia Rose is still together and slowly working on new recordings but we will be less active as our singer/guitarist/songsmithstress Wendy has since moved to the desert to explore canyon life.
As the title indicates, TMODM have metallic leanings but there is much to be had within the sounds here. Influences range from Beatles (the more deranged aspect circa White Album etc.) and Classic Rock to Prog and even some of the heavier 90’s UK stuff, there are things that would appeal to fans of bands like Porcupine Tree, MBV as well as edgier stuff like Voivod, Monster Magnet and High on Fire. Stoned but not ‘Stoner’, razor sharp riffs and smooth grooves combined to create a solid trip…and there’s a Moog! I’m looking forward to being involved with this group and after being split up for awhile they have returned with a solid release in ‘Heavymetal Mothership’. Available now digitally via the platforms listed below or here via bandcamp. Vinyl is slated for early 2017!!!
Tune in Turn it up and drop out!
Not much happened in the world of Andalusia Rose since our record release show in July other than some behind the scenes plotting and planning. We also just got back from a three day jaunt up North. We played Eugene, Portland and Seattle.
We’ve been setting up some more out of town shows for the Southwest. We’ll be at The Redwood in LA Nov 18th and then we move on to Joshua Tree and a couple of shows in AZ. Stay tuned for details.
For now enjoy this debut of our new song “Queen of the Dying Flame”. This was at our show at Dante’s in Portland where we shared a bill with Hells Belles.
We still have merch available on Andalusia Rose Bandcamp, you can find the vinyl version of our EP First Stone there!
I had never seen this one until recently. I was informed that this was a documentary that Jack Ortman did with some college students some time ago. It appears that the rare 70’s footage I posted awhile back may have been culled from this doc, maybe not. Nonetheless it is a perspective I haven’t seen represented yet as the focus is more on Tommy Hall and Stacey Sutherland and the origins of the jug sound as well as the groups early interest in things of a religious nature. Apparently they used to visit a particular teacher who had shelves of books on the subject.
Elevators sound man Sandy Lockett is heavily featured as well as drummer John Ike Walton and Stacey Sutherland’s mother Sybil.
This is a decent doc for any rabid fan, though it may be a bit boring to people who just wanna trip out.
Fans of Texas Psych should join the Texas Psychedelic Rock site as well to keep in the know about Texas Psych as it is today, these guys are still around and some stuff is happening, in fact there are reports of new Golden Dawn being recorded right now! You can follow the Texas Psychedelic Rock Facebook group as well
Andalusia RoseHere’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!
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