Spanish Gold is twinkling in the light of late-night TV. The new band made their network television debut last night on Late Show with David Letterman, rocking with their song "Out On The Street." It's the first single from their debut album, South of Nowhere, out now on BMG / Del Mar Records.
The rock group comes from diverse origins. Patrick Hallahan (My Morning Jacket) brings a hard-hitting style to the performance, reminiscent of '70s classic rock. Guitarist Adrian Quesada (formerly of Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma), sprinkles in virtuosic flair, his guitar solo at 2:53 marking the highlight of the Letterman performance. Meanwhile, guitarist and lead vocalist Dante Schwebel (City and Colour) sings overtop with a coolly airy, fragile voice.
For "Out On The Street," the band digs its heels most obviously into rock and roll, but South of Nowhere was heavily influenced by '80s / '90s MTV, according to a statement made by Schwebel in a press release:
We grew up with MTV when it was still a music channel. The way that the programming crossed genres from R&B to hip hop, rock, soul and pop music is how we approach records. It’s an album of all those styles. Like watching a random hour of MTV programming circa 1986-1996. It’s a nod to Michael Jackson, Dr. Dre, Madonna, the Beastie Boys or Tom Petty, all with a Texas border town setting. It all adds up to a fun listen that you can keep on repeat.
Finally, see the band live as they continue performing across the US this summer and early fall.
SPANISH GOLD 2014 US TOUR DATES:
6/4 - Rochester, NY - Record Archive (in-store performance)
6/5 - Baltimore, MD - WTMD First Thursday
6/6 - Philadelphia, PA - WXPN Free at Noon at World Café
6/8 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
6/9 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
6/10 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
6/12 - Madison, WI - The Frequency
6/13 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
6/17 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
6/18 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
6/19 - Austin, TX - The Parish
6/20 - San Antonio, TX - Sam Burger Joint
6/23 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
6/24 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour
6/25 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
6/26 - Mill Valley, CA - Sweetwater Music Hall
6/28 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
6/29 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door
6/30 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
7/17 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree Café
7/18 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
7/19 - Louisville, KY - The Forecastle Festival
8/1, 2, 3 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon
8/10 - Columbus, OH - Lifestyles Communities Pavilion
10/3, 4, 5 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/10, 11, 12 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival