Saturday, July 23, 2016
THE GOLDEN GRASS: Psychedelic Retro Rock Trio Issues Tour Wrap-Up + New Shows Announced
Brooklyn, New York-based psychedelic retro rock trio THE GOLDEN GRASS recently returned home from a month-long European tour with Travelin Jack on select dates. The trek concluded with an appearance at the legendary Freak Valley Festival. Recaps the band of their journey, "We had an absolutely incredible experience in Europe! It was our third tour over there, and each one keeps getting better. This time, we celebrated with two new releases on the tour, our new full-length Coming Back Again on Listenable Records and a four-way split 2XLP compilation with Banquet, Killer Boogie, and Wild Eyes on Heavy Psych Sounds. And it was also the first tour with our amazing new bassist Frankie 'The Fireball' Caira, who really helped step the band up a notch. The first two weeks on the road were with the amazing Berlin-based group Travelin Jack who really are one of our top favorite groups on the planet, and then we did two weeks by ourselves, including a stunning gig in London and the tour finale in front of hundreds of rock 'n' roll maniacs at Freak Valley Festival in Germany! We are still comprehending all of the madness and great times, and already planning the next trip back in 2017!"
THE GOLDEN GRASS has just confirmed a trio of live date this Summer including a pre-4th of July performance at The Acheron in Brooklyn with Satans Satyrs, Tower, and Vimana. Additional shows will be announced soon.
THE GOLDEN GRASS:
8/09/2016 Gold Sounds - Brooklyn, NY w/ Jeanies, 1-800-Band, Otherworldly Things
8/19/2016 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA w/ Death Alley, Meddlesome Bells, King Buffalo
THE GOLDEN GRASS released their Coming Back Again full-length via Listenable Records in April.Captured by Jeff Berner at Galuminum Foil Productions, Coming Back Again delivers a truly soul-capturing audio journey where the epic glory and might of '70s psychedelia, the sun-drenched warmth of Laurel Canyon's golden country/folk era and sheer blues-based Southern rock boogie give way to exploratory landscapes, lysergic prog arrangements and a swinging, jazz touch.
Coming Back Again is out now on CD, limited edition colored vinyl, and digitally. Order yours today at THIS LOCATION.
Influenced by the likes of such American rock legends as The James Gang, The Allman Brothers, and Grand Funk Railroad, the soulful British psych/mod of The Move, The Pretty Things, and The Action, and the heavy umph of Budgie, Blue Cheer and Blackfoot, THE GOLDEN GRASS synthesizes their influences into a seamless, memorable, and high-energy performance that screams from the past but is a welcome and much needed presence in the now.
Said Classic Rock in a recent live review, "'Get It Together' - a standout from new album Coming Back Again - grooves away in a manner of The Who via '60s New York. Heavy, Black Sabbathish riffs grow into spacy jams (the hooky 'Sugar N' Spice'). Vocals are dominated by [guitarist/vocalist Michael] Rafalowich and drummer Adan 'The Golden Goose' Kriney, and all three band members have lead-singer voices, making for first-class harmonies. But it's their capacity for swinging rock' n' roll that gives them serious charm." Said Metal Riot of the release, "The three-piece of guitarist/vocalist Michael Rafalowich, drummer/vocalist Adam Kriney, and newcomer bassist/vocalist Frank Caira deliver bright tones, a James Gang sense of possibility and fun. Heck, there's even one spot that sounds like Paul Butterfield stopped by to hang out. Can't go wrong with this one, cuz it's all about feelin' right." Hellbound.ca notes, "Despite the extended length, this is a pretty straightforward, bluesy rocker that brings the likes of Mothership to mind for the first four minutes, before veering off on a jazzy, space-rock interlude. More retro riffs abound on album-closer 'See It Through,' which also throws in some tambourine and warm jazz guitar, coming off kinda like a friendlier Deep Purple." Sea Of Tranquility applauds the record, "Coming Back Again is so much fun, a hard rocking retro ride that any fan of the classic heavy acts of the late '60s and early '70s will certainly fall head over heels for. Spread the word, THE GOLDEN GRASS are the real deal, and this is some mandatory listening right here." Ave Noctum concurs, "On Coming Back Again, THE GOLDEN GRASS has managed to capture an authentic sound of yesteryear, avoiding the over polishing that adversely infects of much of modern music, instead managing to capture an almost spontaneous sound. For that, they can only be
commended." Adds New Hellfire Club, "The sound is a heady mix of Steppenwolf, Humble Pie, Cream, Grand Funk Railroad, Blue Cheer, the Amboy Dukes, Spirit, played at maximum volume in a field in the middle of a California summer's day... you get the picture. It's fuzzed up rock, it's psychedelia, it's funky, it's grungy, it's laid back, and it is utterly mesmerizing."