photo credit: Vincent Monsaint

Nick and Peter Furgiuele came by their love of music honestly, a love which began early on as the brothers cut their musical teeth on the tasty morsels of their parents’ record collection. “We spent our early school-aged years in Boone, North Carolina; there wasn’t a lot of radio exposure or anything like that,” says Nick of their rural mountain upbringing. “My grandfather had a record shop in Columbus, Georgia, and we raided that stuff. He also managed bands and was a radio DJ, so our mom grew up in a musical household. My brother and I started playing and recording things together at an early age. We’d make up songs, or sing other people’s songs.”

The pair, who founded psych-rock band Gringo Star, will release their fourth studio album on August 26th via Nevado Music. The recording effort began in the middle of last year, with brother Peter at the board. “My brother is a recording maestro with an amazing ear; I, on the other hand, am the least technical-minded guy in the band,” laughs Nick. Not only is Peter a whiz in the studio, he has another special talent. “Last year we were out west opening for Brian Bell of Weezer on his solo tour; Pete’s really lucky at slot machines, he’s always winning,” recalls Nick. ”He hit a $6,000 jackpot in a gas station on an Oklahoma Indian reservation, and decided to buy new equipment for his studio to record us.”

With snazzy new equipment and a host of guests providing backup musical contributions (including their sister on keys), the Atlanta-based foursome emerged with The Sides and In Between, ten vintage-inspired bangers injected with reverb and laced with fuzz. Says Nick of the listening experience, “When you listen to it, make sure your a/c is cranked up pretty high because it’s a real fuckin’ hot album.”

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08.10 – Charlotte, NC @ Double Door Inn

08.11 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook

08.12 – Winston-Salem, NC @The Garage

8.14 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern

08.15 – Washington, DC @ DC9

08.16 – Annapolis, MD @ Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge

08.17 – Baltimore, MD @ The Crown

08.18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

08.19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium

08.21 – New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine

08.23 – Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar

08.24 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott

08.25 – Providence, RI @ Fete Music Hall

08.28 – Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room

08.29 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom and Tavern

08.30 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups

08.31 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub

09.01 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme

09.02 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean

09.03 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Cactus Club

09.04 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency

09.06 – Omaha, NE @ O’Leaver’s

09.07 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room

09.14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

09.15 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux

09.16 – Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project

09.20 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

09.22 – San Francisco, CA @ The Rickshaw Stop

09.29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite

09.30 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

10.01 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar

10.05 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace

10.06 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger

10.07 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk

10.08 – Dallas, TX @ Doublewide


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