Flamin Groovies

Flamin Groovies

The Flamin' Groovies story goes all the way back to 1965 when the band began as the Chosen Few in their hometown of San Francisco, California. After a name change and a self-released 10 inch album called “Sneakers”, which sold amazingly well, the band caught the attention of Columbia who signed them up and sent them into the studio with a big budget to record their first real album, “Supersnazz”, on the Epic label. Their next two albums were on Kama Sutra (home of their heroes, The Lovin' Spoonful): “Flamingo”, and the now revered classic “Teenage Head”.

Lead singer Roy Loney left the band right after that and lead guitarist Cyril Jordan moved the group to England with Chris Wilson (formerly of Loose Gravel) taking over as front man. They continued their style of straight ahead guitar driven rock n' roll but this time with a more 60's rather than 50's influence. A few singles on United Artists, recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales with Dave Edmunds producing, followed in the early '70s. In '76 they signed to Sire Records, who released three true gems of power pop: “Shake Some Action”, “Flamin' Groovies Now”, and “Jumpin' In The Night”.

Another lineup change ensued in the next decade with Wilson moving to England and joining the Barracudas. The Groovies continued on thru the 80's and into the early '90s touring Australia and Europe, putting out a fine but overlooked album called Rock Juice and then finally calling it quits. Jordan formed a new band called Magic Christian while Wilson released solo albums in Europe.

Now in 2013, Jordan, Wilson and original founding member and bass player George Alexander, have reunited for the first time since 1981. They're joined by drummer Victor Penalosa, a fine musician in his own right who faithfully recreates the style heard on the classic recordings while at the same time adding his own flavor. The foursome has gone back into the studio to finish up long lost recordings as well as cutting brand new material. They recently toured Japan and Australia, returning home to San Francisco to do a show that sold out in less than 24 hours. Fans have been delighted with what is being called "a dream set list", including original songs the band has never performed before onstage. Newcomers are asking, "Why haven't I ever heard of this group?" It's hard to say just why the group hasn't gotten the attention they deserve (at least in the USA) but they're back to give everyone another chance at hearing and seeing just why those in the know consider them one of the greatest rock n' roll bands ever.

The Young Sinclairs

Even though they display a fondness for tube-amps, 12-strings, tambourines, spring reverb, and the analogue sounds of decades past, The Young Sinclairs are far more than just a fleeting retro act. Ever since the band formed in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Roanoke, Virginia in 2005, they have never veered from their original vision of creating harmonious pop tunes and unbridled rock excitement. They produce and record all of their own music in the personal all-analogue studio, The Mystic Fortress, and have concurrently been releasing albums themselves D.I.Y.-style and releasing them through a handful of different independent labels (Planting Seeds Records, Kindercore Records, and Chimney Sweep Records domestically - their latest 7-inch is a joint release between France's Requiem Por Un Twister & Croque Madame Records).The Byrds, Sire-era Flamin' Groovies, The Kinks, The Beatles, The Who, Love, Rolling Stones, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Church, Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd, earlyR.E.M., and various 60's cult acts like The Dovers and The 23rd Turnoff are just a portion of comparisons that often arise and serve as good reference points for the unfamiliar listener. As a Committee To Keep Music Evil affiliate, they have successfully toured with The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Australian group The Lovetones. They have also opened for 60's stoner legends Blue Cheer and Sweden's Dungen, among many others.


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