Following their 2018 LP Back to the City, Atlanta garage-psych outfit Gringo Star have announced their first live album Controlled Burn (Live in Atlanta), recorded at The Earl in September 2018 and out on July 12 via Baby Robot Records. Today, they’ve shared the first live cut “Get Closer,” taken from their 2016 album The Sides and in Between.
The 14-track album features a career-spanning set performed in front of a loyal hometown crowd. Last year marked the 10th anniversary of their debut album All Y’all, and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Nick Furgiuele has no regrets since then. “We’ve had a lot of opportunities over the past ten years. If we had an idea about something we wanted to, we did it,” says Nick. “I can’t think of a single thing I’d change.”
They decided to celebrate this career milestone with their first live record, recorded in a beloved dive bar they’ve been playing for years. “A lot of my favorite records are old live albums and we’ve always wanted to have a live representation of what we do,” says Furgiuele.
This rendition of “Get Closer” draws on their scruffy garage rock beginnings and their proven ability to emotionally eclipse whatever genres they’ve been tagged with over the past decade. The surfy, swiftly plucked guitar solos speak to the romance of a band who believes in providing late-night euphoria for the lonely, the exultant, the wistful and the drunk. Long live Gringo Star and long live The Earl.
Listen to “Get Closer” and check out Gringo Star’s 2017 Paste Studio session below. You’ll find their upcoming tour dates further down. Preorder The Controlled Burn (Live in Atlanta) here.
Gringo Star Tour Dates:
05 – Asheville, N.C. @ Highland Brewery
06 – Washington, D.C. @ DC9
07 – Annapolis, Md. @ Tsunami Club
08 – New York, N.Y. @ Mercury Lounge
09 – Rochester, N.Y. @ Bug Jar
10 – Windsor, Ontario @ Phog Lounge
11 – Grand Rapids, Mich. @ Pyramid Scheme
12 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Cactus Club
13 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Northside Tavern
19 – Tampa, Fla. @ Ellas Folk Art Cafe
20 – Orlando, Fla. @ Wills Pub
02 – Atlanta, Ga. @ 529
03 – Athens, Ga. @ Caledonia Lounge