Eve Hermann, Chattanooga, Tenn. — Atlanta-based indie rock group, Gringo Star will be stopping at one of Chattanooga’s most eclectic and beloved music venues, JJ’s Bohemia Saturday, May 23.
Gringo Star has been on the road supporting their new 7″ single “Long Time Gone” and their upcoming, yet-to-be-titled, full-length album, since the beginning of April. They have been actively touring along with the likes of The Relationship (featuring Weezer’s guitarist Brian Bell, and members of The Bravery and U.S. Bomb), Dreamers and Shantih Shantih.
“We left April 8 and went out to the west coast to meet up with [and play] about 30 days with The Relationship,” said Nicholas (Nick) Furgiuele, co-founder of Gringo Star. “Then we head back east to do some co-headlining shows.”
He said everyday has been ‘pretty awesome’ out on the west coast but the band is excited to head back east.
The band’s past critically acclaimed albums, All Y’all (2008) and Count Yer Lucky Stars were produced by Ben Allen, who also produced for Animal Collective, Gnarles Barkley and many other artists.
In 2013 they released a self-recorded, mixed and produced album Floating Out to See, which also received good reviews. Last year they released a 7″ vinyl single “Long Time Gone” featuring the tracks “Long Time Gone” and “World of Spin”.
They are currently putting the polishing touches on their most recent full-length album, which will be released and named later this year. But fans can expect to hear some of the new tunes at the live performances.
“We’re pretty psyched about it and I think it’s the best thing we’ve ever done,” Furgiuele said about the new album. “We’re playing a few of those songs in the set now for the first time on this tour and it’s going well.”
Gringo Star is the brain child of brothers Nicholas and Peter Furgiuele circa 2008. Past members, Peter Delorenzo, Matt McCalvin and Christopher Kaufmann weaved out since, and Lightnin’ Ray Jackson and Jonathon Bragg replaced them. The band was previously known as A Fir-Ju Well, before adopting adopting Gringo Star. Their current name is not a Beatles reference, but a reference to Mexican slang Nick Furgiuele picked up while working in a kitchen, he told one interviewer.
Beyond the eccentric name is a band that creates a sound reminiscent of The Kinks and the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club days of The Beatles, but they do it in their very own 2k15 kind of way.
Their songs are coined by addictive-yet-turbulent melodies accompanied by loaded harmonies, with a steady groove tucked underneath it all. When these elements come together the result is perfect finger-banging music. There are few bands who can pull this type of sound off in such a way that doesn’t sound tired. The tunes will undoubtably get stuck in your head for days, but you will be happy they did.
Cosmic rock band Dreamers and Shantih Shantih will also be performing Saturday night. JJ’s Bohemia is located on 231 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. The show is set to start at 9 p.m. Check the JJ’s Bohemia Facebook page for more information on ticket pricing and updates on the event. Patrons must be 21 or over to attend the event.