Friday, April 15, 2016

Shake Some New Action: The Flamin' Groovies Rock Record Store Day

THE FLAMIN' GROOVIES: clockwise from top left w/ photo credits: Cyril Jordan (John Boydston), Victor Penalosa (Ray Flex), Chris Wilson (Ricardo Bernal), George Alexander (Laurence Le Tiec)

The Flamin' Groovies are the best band celebrating their 50th anniversary by releasing a cassingle you'll hear all year. Promise.

On Record Store Day (tomorrow!), the San Francisco-bred cult heroes will unveil a new two-song cassette (yes!) and seven-inch single, “Crazy Macy” / “Let Me Rock,” on CA's infinitely cool Burger Records. (The single is also available for online pre-order.) The release marks the band's first release in more than two decades. In addition to the new single, a special Record Store Day-exclusive Side-By-Side seven-inch picture disc will pair the band's 1979 New Wavey take on Warren Zevon's “Werewolves Of London” with the legendary 1978 original.

Since reforming in 2013, The Flamin' Groovies have hit stages in Japan, Australia, the UK and across the US. A new full-length album and a documentary film on their long-awaited reunion are in the works. The band's current lineup features classic-era members Cyril Jordan, Chris Wilson and George Alexander.

The Jordan/ Wilson/Alexander incarnation of The Flamin' Groovies originally existed from 1971 to 1980 and are best known for the 1976 underground classic Shake Some Action (Sire Records). Joined by new drummer Victor Penalosa, they're currently on the road, showing diehard fans new and old around the globe how the real deal does it. Unlike other extraordinary “lost” American bands (Sonic's Rendezvous Band, The 13th Floor Elevators, etc.), The Flamin' Groovies are still alive and well – and tearing it up while people less than half their age complain about having to get out of bed in the morning. You can't beat the real thing, so catch them now at one of their upcoming shows:

Apr 16 Intxaurrondo K.E., Donostia, Spain
Apr 17 All Tomorrow’s Parties 2.0, Pontins, Prestatyn, North Wales
Apr 19 Whelan's, Dublin, IRL
Apr 20 Brundenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
Apr 21 CCA,Glasgow, SCT
Apr 22 Manchester Club Academy, Manchester, UK
Apr 24 All Tomorrow’s Parties 2.0, Pontins, Manchester, UK (w/ original Flamin' Groovies member Roy Loney!)
Apr 25 Scala, London, UK
April 28 De Zwerver, Leffinge, Belgium
Apr 29 Le Petit Bain, Paris, France
May 01 Hafenklang, Hamburg, Germany
May 03 Folk & Rock, Malmo, Sweden
May 04 Folk & Rock, Malmo, Sweden
May 05 John Dee, Oslo, Norway
May 06 Pustervik, Göteborg, Sweden
May 07 Nobelberget, Stockholm, Sweden
Jun 24 Nuggets Night @ Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR

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