Premiering today at Paste, “Mister Mystery” comes from Gringo Star’s forthcoming album Back To The City, due out Aug. 24. Bandmates Peter and Nick Furgiule, Josh Longino, and Mario Colangelo blend influences from psychedelic and surf rock, doo-wop and, on Count Yer Lucky Stars, Latin music, to create their own style of garage rock. Their spontaneous, go-with-the-flow creation process, however, makes this collection of sounds feel natural.
“Mister Mystery” is a fun, bouncing song whose minimal lyrics make it easy to sing along with, but is better for jamming to while hanging out. The lead guitar riff weaves its way through the song and after one listen is well on its way to getting stuck in your head. The fast doo-wop “Oos” are playful and add to the song’s irreverent background.
“This song is about an out-of-shape Russian spy,” Peter Furgiuele tells Paste.
You won’t glean much more than that from the lyrics, but it’s undeniably funny and rather timely: “I smell the breath you blow,” and “All those guns blazing hot,” stand out among the lyrics.
Back To The City is the first album by Gringo Star to feature multi-instrumentalist Josh Longino, who hops in and out of the rhythm section with ease as he moves between guitar, bass, percussion and vocals. The record also expands with the addition of strings by Dave Claassen and adds orchestral influences into the band’s already-diverse sonic background. You can preorder the album here.
Listen to “Mister Mystery” exclusively at Paste below. See a performance by Gringo Star at the Paste Studio further down, along with the band’s August and September tour dates.
Gringo Star Tour Dates:
18 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Criminal Records (In-store)
23 – Boone, N.C. @ Boone Saloon
24 – Washington, D.C. – Black Cat
25 – New Haven, Conn. @ Café Nine
26 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Rough Trade
27 – Rochester, N.Y. @ Bug Jar
28 – Toronto, Ontario @ Baby G
29 – Chicago, Ill. @ Empty Bottle
30 – Grand Rapids, Mich. @ Pyramid Scheme
31 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Northside Tavern
01 – Greenville S.C. @ Pour Taproom
02 – Asheville, N.C. @ The Mothlight
08 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Bowery Presents At The Earl
13 – Dallas, Texas @ Parade Flesh
14 – Austin, Texas @ Hotel Vegas
15 – El Paso, Texas @ The Monarch
16 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Rebel Lounge
17 – San Diego, Calif. @ The Casbah
19 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Hi Hat
20 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Bottom of The Hill
21 – Redding, Calif. @ The Dip
22 – Portland, Ore. @ Bunk Bar
23 – Seattle, Wash. @ Sunset Tavern
24 – Boise, Idaho @ Neurolux
25 – Denver, Colo. @ Walnut Room
26 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Riot Room
28 – Macon, Ga. @ The Hummingbird