Fly Golden Eagle – Quartz Bijou [album review]

by Woody on October 17, 2014


Fly Golden Eagle comes at you from Nashville and they are decidedly not country. What they are is something I’ll let you answer for yourself. Quartz Bijou is a delirious mess of an album comprising of 12 tunes. It was originally a 26 song epic based upon a 1973 film titled The Holy Mountain; a film funded by Lennon and Harrison. That would probably have been a little too much to swallow. The band and ATO did a nice job trimming it down into a damn good LP.

The lead Eagle is Ben Trimble, a transplanted Motown native with Kentucky roots. Trimble was raised in a religious family but found his escape with rock and roll. Not very original but what Tribmle does with his bandmates – Matt Shaw (bass}, Mitch Jones (keys) and Richard Harper (drums). Its as if Trimble got lost in a record store but couldn’t decide on a genre to really dig into. Songs blend blues, gospel, soul, glam and psych-rock or whatever else pops into their mind.

Fly Golden Eagle are a damn good listen; the kind of band you wish you would stumble across in parking lot during a warm day during SXSW. They are touring with HearYa favorites, J. Roddy Walston & The Business now. I could think a lot worse ways to spend three hours as opposed to rocking out to the ATO label mates.

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