Gringo Star

HearYa SXSW Party Preview: Gringo Star

by oz on March 16, 2009

Atlanta’s Gringo Star launched into the blogosphere with their catchy garage rock track “All Y’all” and then followed up the hype with a great, self-released debut album by the same name. While All Y’all was an early favorite of mine, the song “Transmission” ended up trumping it.‚  Look for them on stage at our Wednesday party between 6.30-7pm.

You can hear more in the Gringo Star Live Session.

Gringo Star – Transmission (Live at Criminal Records in Atlanta)

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HearYa Live Session 34: Gringo Star

by oz on November 18, 2008

Gringo Star are just starting to hit their stride. We first talked about them back in April of this year and recently they were Spin’s artist of the day. Not to toot our own horn, but occasionally we find ourselves ahead of the curve.

The Atlanta band is now across the pond in England where I’m sure their garage rock sound is welcomed with open arms, given their Ray Davies inspired sound. Before leaving the States, the brothers Furgiuele (Nick and Pete), Matt McCalvin, and Peter DeLorenzo were kind enough to spend some time in Shirk’s studio while touring through the windy city.

According to Shirk, mixing this session was a bit trickier than most since the guys trade off instruments and vocals. That and because Pete Furgiuele had a love affair going with Shirk’s Fender 66 Blackface Vibrolux and he now has trouble looking at it the same way. The session still turned out great (as always) and the tracks include “All Y’all” and “Rebel Kind,” off of their debut album released this year, and also “Magnet Lightning Bugs,” a new unreleased track Peter DeLorenzo wrote while touring with The Black Lips. They topped the session off with a Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs cover of “Lil Red Riding Hood.”

Exclusive: Gringo Star – Magnet Lightning Bugs

Exclusive: Gringo Star – All Yall

Exclusive: Gringo Star – Rebel Kind

Exclusive: Gringo Star – Little Red Riding Hood


Gringo Star – All Yall

by oz on October 13, 2008

We first posted about Gringo Star back in April after the band sent us the catchy as hell track “All Y’all.” The band mentioned that they were unsigned, so I shot off an email to Patrick at Alive Records who immediately responded saying “They’ve got a nice Ray Davies vibe.” Damn, he was spot on.

Despite their “British invasion” sound, Gringo Star actually hail from Atlanta and are set to release their debut full length album on November 4th. A few of the standout tracks (in addition to the tracks below) include my personal favorite, “Transmission,” and then a long list that includes “Eve of Your Expression,” “Holding On To Hate,” and “Take A Walk,” which had my five month old daughter kicking and laughing in her bouncy seat. It’s the first song I’ve seen have such an impact. She even squirted out a little joy poop for good measure.

Some of their songs have the pop sensibilities of The Morning Benders, but Gringo Star adds a bit more edge and attitude. If these guys are still unsigned, then some record labels made an egregious error.‚  A year from now, however, staying independent may just be the best thing that’s happened to Gringo Star. They’ll win over a large audience in 2009.

The band is on tour for select dates in the States before taking their act to the UK. They’ll be at The Beat Kitchen in Chicago tomorrow night after a quick stop in our studio for a live session. All y’all should get there.

Sorry. I couldn’t help myself.


Gringo Star – All Y’all

Gringo Star – Come On Now

Gringo Star – I Will Not Follow

Gringo Star – Transmission, Live