In a piece on Rolling Stone’s site, lead singer Dante Schwebel said the member of Spanish Gold were children of the MTV generation. “The way that the programming crossed genres from R&B to hip-hop, rock, soul and pop music is how we approach records. It’s an album of all those styles — like watching a random hour of MTV programming circa 1986-1996.”
You may remember Schwebel from HearYa session alumni, Hacienda. He’s joined by Patrick Hallahan (drums) from MMJ and Adrian Quesada (guitar) from Grupo Fantasma. And if you’re lucky like I was to see them live, you’ll catch Jesse Ebaugh from Heartless Bastards on bass. I don’t like the use the word super group so I’ll just call it a damn good collection of talented musicians.
South Of Nowhere lives up to Schwebel’s quote above. I have used the following to describe it to people – swampy, soulful, smooth, scuzzy, funky, latin-tinged ,etc. It almost depended on what day of the week you posed the question. With many bands, there influence is clear as day. But that’s the beauty of Spanish Gold – they’ve taken so many influences and effortlessly blended them throughout the album from song to song. This past Saturday, I was listening to this album outside as the sun was shining and I was having cocktail. Thetune, Day Drinkin, came on and I just couldn’t envision a better album coming out this summer for hanging outside with family and friends. It wasn’t until I heard this interview in NPR that told some of the real stories behind the music. The interview with Dante just made me love the album more.
Spanish Gold is touring now. It was one of the top sets I saw at SXSW this year. For a run of dates, check here. You won’t be sorry.
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