Spanish Gold South Of Nowhere on 180g LP + Download
Featuring Members of My Morning Jacket, Hacienda & Grupo Fantasma
South Of Nowhere is the debut album from Spanish Gold - a newly formed band featuring former Hacienda guitarist/vocalist Dante Schwebel, Grupo Fantasma guitarist Adrian Quesada, and My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan. The 10-song set is a densely layered love letter to Laredo, the spirited but often troubled Texas border town where Schwebel and Quesada grew up.
"It can be a dangerous and violent place, and the border situation is very scary, but at the same time a lot of the people there are really hopeful and happy," says Schwebel. Exploring the conflict in what Schwebel calls "feeling disillusioned or desperate about what's happening around you but still trying to find some hope," South of Nowhere embodies both a high-charged tension and defiantly joyful mood. And in their seamless swirling-together of rock & roll, soul, psychedelia, and pop - a summery, groove-heavy sound at turns inspired by Donny Hathaway, '70s rock, and early-'90s hip hop - Spanish Gold reveal the supreme musicianship and easy chemistry at the heart of their collaboration.
Recorded in three sessions split up among each band member's current home city - Schwebel's Nashville, Quesada's Austin, and Hallahan's Louisville - South of Nowhere finds Spanish Gold teaming up with producer/engineer Collin Dupuis (whose previous work includes engineering albums by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, JEFF the Brotherhood and the Black Keys, as well as Dr. John's Grammy Award-winning Locked Down) and a cast of guest musicians including MMJ guitarist Carl Broemel, Heartless Bastards vocalist Erika Wennerstrom and bassist Jesse Ebaugh, Raconteurs drummer Patrick Keeler, Whigs bassist Timothy Deaux, Grupo Fantasma drummer/percussionist John Speice, and the entire horn section from Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears.
Rolling Stone recently premiered the album’s first single, “Out On The Street,” praising, “…every once in a while, you come across the real deal. Such is the case with Spanish Gold’s ‘Out on the Street,’ a heady number that slinks along like Rockwell’s ‘Somebody’s Watching Me,” trading in synth-goofiness for tight bursts of Black Keys guitar.” Texas Monthly calls the band, “…groovy and muscular-like a cross between the Black Keys and the Black Angels-with an undercurrent of sixties soul and early hip-hop.”
Of making the new album, Schwebel comments, “We kept finding that we had a lot of the same reference points during the recording. It became evident that we were still children of the MTV era. We grew up with MTV when it was still a music channel. 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. It's a nod to Michael Jackson, Dr. Dre, Madonna, the Beastie Boys or Tom Petty, all with a Texas border town setting. It all adds up to a fun listen that you can keep on repeat.”
Spanish Gold South Of Nowhere Track Listing:
1. One Track Mind
2. Out On the Street
3. Movin' On
4. Day Drinkin'
5. Don't Leave Me Dry
6. Ride On Up
7. Lonely Ride
8. Reach For Me
9. Shangri La
10. Stay With Me