Nice N Sleazy presents:
Freakender Presents: Gringo Star (USA) +The Test
Entry Requirements: 18+ ID Required
Gringo Star are insouciant explorers, tossing the paddles overboard and drifting on the currents of their lackadaisical curiosity across a rippling sonic ocean, out to the far edges of rock & roll. Shots pulsing from a vintage Leslie speaker, their guitars, keys and vocals create the psychoactive ingredients of their echo-slathered, doo-wop-indebted indie gems; psychedelic garage bangers, gritty R&B shuffles and spaghetti western weirdness. Taking cues from Santo & Johnny, The Stooges, Ritchie Valens, Marc Bolan, Percy Faith, Sam Cooke, the men working on the chain gang—uh! ah!—they’re all here, their electric ghosts reaching across time, tapping Gringo Star on the shoulder like the crossroads devil to Robert Johnson, bestowing secrets, passing torches.
The band has toured relentlessly across the U.S. and Europe building a diehard underground following while sharing bills with everyone from Cat Power and Feist to The Black Angels and Weezer, and also touring with Wavves, Best Coast, And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, The Orwells, and fellow Atlantans The Black Lips.
'This amiable Atlanta quartet borrow the keenly stacked harmonies and unpolished yet precise pop licks of the Beatles Cavern Club days, but their newfound psychedelic, meandering impulses nudge them closer to the Kinks and Yardbirds than to the Fabs; the viola cries and distended tango pulse of Esmarelda may have fit on Village Green Preservation Society'. - Rolling Stone
"Mixing one part punk rock ethic, one part manic performance and a heavy dose of 1950’s Americana...Images of old Western shootouts, drunken nights in saloons and frantic pianos were all over the place while they played.”- Consequence Of Sound
“Back to the City is a strong, decisive, and inspired step forward for Gringo Star, and shows the Furgiuele brothers are just beginning to tap their creativity.” 4/5 Creative Loafing
“Atlanta's Gringo Star Continue to Bring Killer Riffs with “Back To The City” KEXP
“another collection of reliably catchy garage-pop that draws from the dusty corners of doo-wop, surf-rock and ’60s psychedelia, this one with a touch more sophistication with the addition of orchestral flourishes. It’s another hit for a band that has been piling them up for more than a decade now” Buzzbands LA
"Finding an impressive middle ground... easily slip in somewhere between fellow Atlanta natives The Black Lips’ chaos-infused compositions and MGMT’s sing-along medleys." - Paste Magazine