Gringo Star are flavorful astronauts, cutting the cord to the Mothership and riding the haphazard waves of time through the boundless void of space. The Sides and in Between is a tribute to diabolically psychedelic, twangy western, indie rock and roll; basted in gritty echoes and grungy garage surf. Comprised of members, Peter Furgiuele, Nicholas Furgiuele, Jonathon Bragg, Josh Longino of Atlanta, GA, this is not your average run of the mill garage band. They are true explorers of the musical sphere, worthy of admiration, acknowledgment, and gratitude.
The transitions in the songs are seamless; so smooth you hardly notice their presence. You will, undoubtedly, find yourself tapping your foot along to the beats, losing yourself in tracks like “Still Alive” which boasts tweaky strings and zesty drums, or the trippy, western swing, “Knee Deep”, which breathes Middle Eastern influenced country twang coated in echoey vocals, bleeding misty nostalgia.
Brothers, Nicholas and Peter Furgiuel— founders of Gringo Star— grew up listening to artists such as Little Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Sam Cooke and a host of Gospel shows and it shows. One can hear the influence of 50’s and 60’s music in their album; they took delicate vintage compositions and applied a healthy dose of modern indie to create a symbiotic relationship, a true masterpiece of talent.
With songs like “It’s You”—where you can easily imagine yourself swaying under a disco ball in the era of Greasers and doo-wop— it’s clear that this is music, all generations can enjoy.
The album ends in a whirlwind of fluttery piano, dribbling drums, crisp guitars, and breezy vocals. Gringo Star has created pure, unfiltered passion, so sit back, turn up the volume and ingest the melodic magnificence of The Sides and in Between.