FREE SHOW! Geronimo Getty, Brian Whelan, The Georgia Sand

Geronimo Getty

The southern-stained Americana project from journeyman Aaron Kyle, Geronimo Getty is a starkly honest and personal voyage inward for the former Le Switch frontman, as well as a vessel for exploring the autumnal twirl and guitar-twanged magic of what Greil Marcus labeled “the Old, Weird America.”

Sounding like a slice of wax sharing space in a milkcrate with such LPs as Dylan’s New Morning, Waylon Jennings’ Ladies Love Outlaws, and the country-driven chicken shack records of early ‘70s Link Wray, GG’s debut disc is Darkness Hides, an insular collection of simmering barstool blues and rowdy folk ‘n country that’s as easy on the ears as it is gritty and confidential. Darkness Hides is all those things and more, a love letter sent directly to Buck Owens’ Bakersfield sound, unsure of what the response will be, and maybe not caring all that much, either.

Though it may be his most assured work, it’s certainly not Kyle’s first rodeo—as the vocalist and rhythm guitarist of Le Switch, Kyle and Co. quickly rose to prominence over the past several years within the L.A. ranks as one of the town’s finest indie bands. A barroom brawl of nicotine’d vocals and boozy county-rock guided by moody popcraft by turns smirking and smoldering. And when Le Switch danced its last waltz in 2011, Kyle quickly set his sights on something a bit more quietly intense and personal: Geronimo Getty. A means by which to the explore the Venn Diagram of roots genres—country, Americana, and folk—that have always spun in the periphery of his music, GG finds Kyle’s musical background and history coming into full bloom over a warm and whiskey-soaked loam of distinctly American music.

Darkness Hides is the first salvo of this new project. Mostly recorded within the confines of Kyle’s basement with Le Switch bandmate and guitarist Chris Harrison (with a few touches from the home studios of Radar Bros.’ Jim Putnam and Le Switch’s Joe Napolitano), along with Seb Baily (Division Day; Imaad Wasif) on bass and Brian Soika (Les Blanks) on drums, the disc was mixed by Jeff Halbert (Nick Cave, St. Vincent, The Californian) and produced by Kyle and Harrison.

Set to hit the world, and your ears, on May 8th, Darkness Hides will be supported by a west coast tour throughout May, followed by a national tour through the states in July and August.

Darkness may be hiding, but Geronimo Getty isn’t. And come this summer, you’ll hear why.

Brian Whelan

To me, Brian Whelan will always be the Kid. When he first materialized several years ago at the Cinema Bar, that charmingly crowded, noisy little room in Culver City known as “The World’s Smallest Honky Tonk,” he was an alarmingly boyish presence. At first he stood out because he didn’t look old enough to legally consume the beer he was holding. But he soon distinguished himself as a young lion behind the roots-rock sages – Randy Weeks, Mike Stinson, Tony Gilkyson – whose shows packed out the tiny joint. It became quickly apparent that Brian could play just about anything, and brilliantly; his formidable chops later found him a primo spot in Dwight Yoakam’s band. But he displayed other musical dimensions: He also played in a tough little pop-rock band, known variously as the Brokedown and the Broken West, which recorded a couple of fine records before lamentably breaking up too soon. He fronted another rockin’ unit, Wheelhouse, as a prelude for the album you’re listening to now. It shows off splendidly the many things – singing, playing, writing -- that Brian does so exquisitely well. And it cuts across the broad swatch of stylistic turf that he occupies effortlessly, from the rootsy inventions of Gilkyson’s “Mojave High” and Stinson’s “Brand New Love Song” to a group of originals (two of them co-authored by Broken West cohort Ross Flournoy) that to my ears bear favorable comparison to the best of Nick Lowe or the Plimsouls.
Yeah, he’s still the Kid to me. But Brian Whelan’s work is thoroughly mature and emotionally wise, and many another grown-up musician will envy its excellence.
Chris Morris
Host, “Watusi Rodeo”/Scion Radio 17
Los Angeles, June 2012


The Georgia Sand

The Georgia Sand is an indie rock band from Los Angeles. Comprised of members of Strictly Ballroom, Dntel, Athalia, The Minor Canon, Le Switch & Strange Parade.
An Immalgamation of 70’s power pop , 80’s alt rock, & modern indie rock, TGS draws from a wide variety of influences such as Big Star, Elvis Costello, The Cars, The Pixies, Wolf Parade & Arcade Fire.
They are currently in the studio recording their debut album, due out in spring 2013.


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