Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Fred Gillen Jr Band & Alectro
130 route 22, Pawling, NY
NYFA (New York Foundation For The Arts) grant recipient Fred Gillen Jr has released nine full-length albums, to great critical acclaim, and has toured all over the U.S. and Europe. His songs have been featured on ABC's "All My Children," NPR's "Car Talk," CMJ's New Music Marathon Sampler, and in 2012 his version of Woody Guthrie's "I Ain't Got No Home" was featured on "Pete Remembers Woody," a collection of Pete Seeger's spoken stories about Woody Guthrie. Like Guthrie, his songs often reflect the struggles of the marginalized and forgotten, shining a light on both the despair and hope in the human condition.
A new project, new music – ALECTRO. Who/what is ALECTRO? ALECTRO is a labor of love from Jeff Eyrich and Steve Kirkman, musical pardners and soul brothers (in the soulful sense). Both are music vets, musician-producers, session men and fellow sidemen on lots of other people's gigs. Jeff and Steve share a passion for surf guitars, the spaghetti-western soundtracks of Ennio Morricone, Duane Eddy twang, old noisy amplifiers, distortion, weird-sounding strange-looking guitars, off-brand EFX pedals, antique rhythm boxes, echo-plexes, all influences evident in the music that they make.
After a few gigs and lots of sheddin' out at the Octagon, Jeff and Steve got intense about recording Alectro over the past year. The music flowed and "School Of Desire" is the result - a set of songs and music the duo wrote, composed, arranged, performs and sings. There are a couple of covers in there and a few friends were invited to sit in. Got your curiosity up? Please, give Alectro a listen.