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The Split Squad (Blondie Fleshtones Plimsouls)

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FOLK Å ROCK firar 4th of July med amerikanska supergruppen THE SPLIT SQUAD innehållande en av världens bästa trummisar: CLEM BURKE (BLONDIE), THE FLESHTONES-gitarristen KEITH STRENG och EDDIE MUNOZ från THE PLIMSOULS och CYRIL JORDAN's MAGIC CHRISTIAN!! Vad sägs om följande beskrivning: "chiming guitars, three‐part vocal harmonies, a Spector‐esque drum sound and a vivacious energy and bubblegum fizz that was several parts California sun and half a dozen parts Detroit garage. If you’re a fan of The Flamin’ Groovies, Big Star, Nuggets-era garage, The Posies or The Raspberries" – (Joe Whyte, Louder Than War).

Onsdag 4:e juli. Öppnar 19, På scen 21. Entré 180kr. Förköp online via Tickster.com. Fysiska biljetter hos Folk å Rock, Musik & Konst och Skivesset. Bar, CBGB's-Rockklubb och Restaurang.

Conceived over cocktails, wine, and beers in 2011, THE SPLIT SQUAD is one of those “perfect storm” rock and roll bands that comes from a bunch of musicians who have done it all and have nothing to prove. While that may sound a bit boastful, the pedigree here covers about 140 years of collective rock and roll experience, from the most rarified of concert halls, down to the seediest of underground shit holes. These guys have both reveled and wallowed in it:

EDDIE MUNOZ: Most famously known as the flash guitarist from LA’s legendary Plimsouls, Eddie has more recently been spotted in Magic Christian (alongside Flamin’ Groovies legend Cyril Jordan) and PA’s power pop stalwarts Parallax Project. Eddie’s “chaos theory” approach to rock and roll guitar is unique and immediately recognizable, yet squarely rooted in the timeless swagger of The Stones and The Yardbirds.

CLEM BURKE: Arguably one of the greatest living rock and roll drummers on the planet, Dr. Burke (Google that…it’s cool) boasts a resume that starts at CBGB’s in the 70’s and ends at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As a founding member of Blondie and a highly sought-after session musician, Clem has experienced nearly every aspect of the music business, but still has more passion to “climb in the van and take it to the fans” than most musicians half his age. To put it bluntly, there is no one on Earth like Clem…
MICHAEL GIBLIN: Bassist/singer Giblin is the mad scientist behind The Split Squad, having assembled the project after his current band, Parallax Project, had crossed paths with all of the others on various tours and recording projects. Known in underground pop circles as a member of the much loved 90’s power pop trio Cherry Twister, Giblin has spent many years toiling away in the bowels of the music biz as a session bassist, band leader, producer, and generally good guy. Most recently, Michael has been playing bass alongside Scott McCaughey & Peter Buck in their long running music collective, The Minus 5.

KEITH STRENG: Known far and wide as a founding member of one of rock and roll’s greatest (and longest running) institutions, The Fleshtones, guitarist Streng sets a standard for passion and dedication that few are able to follow. 40 years on (and counting), The Fleshtones remain one of rock’s greatest “sure things”: never a bad show; never an off night. They are as dependable as they are exciting. His rock-solid musicianship, combined with his high-wire stage antics, combine to anchor one of rock’s most joyful live experiences. He’s had books written about him, and documentaries shot on him. In a word…an institution.

JOSH KANTOR: Keyboardist Josh Kantor brings the wildest diversity to the mix. As a member of Boston’s Jim’s Big Ego, and the critically acclaimed supergroup The Baseball Project (featuring members of The Dream Syndicate and R.E.M.), Josh has rubbed elbows with a number of rock luminaries, but he still manages to find time to excel at his day job, which just happens to be as the organist for The Boston Red Sox. Yes, THOSE Boston Red Sox. As such, Josh possesses a skill level and musical vocabulary that few can match.

The group came together in Boston in the summer of 2012 to record an album, which ended up being a raucous and hilarious good time. Produced by Scott McCaughey (R.E.M., Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows), the album features guest appearances by McCaughey, fellow rock & Roll Hall of Famer Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Hugo Burnham (Gang of Four), and Mike Gent (The Figgs). Since then, the band has toured intermittently across the US, Canada, and Europe, including numerous appearances at SXSW, as well as the Andoaingo Rock Jaialdia festival in Spain, and the Fete de la Musique in Paris. Look for a new release coming in the fall of 2017. Ladies and gentlemen….The Split Squad…

SPLIT SQUAD PRESS: The group launched its debut LP Now Hear This… (Red Chuck) earlier this year, and it’s a doozy. Giblin and company mainline both the punk‐fueled power pop of the late 70s (particularly Munoz’s erstwhile homebase) and the garage raunch R&B of 60s stalwarts the Small Faces (whose “Sorry She’s Mine” get a spirited run‐ through here) into a fizzy frenzy of muscle pop and caffeinated soul. “She is Everything,” “Touch & Go” and “Feel the Same About You” sounds like lost gems from the heyday of late 70s L.A., while “Hey Hey Baby” and “Now Hear This” kick the door off the garage and onto the dance floor. “I Can’t Remember” and the cover of Bettye LaVette’s “You’ll Never Change” showcase Giblin’s comfort with soulful balladry, while “I’ve Got a Feeling” and a take of Terry Reid’s “Tinker Tailor” nod toward heavier territory. “Superman Says,” co‐composed by producer McCaughey, jumps right into the early 70s glam rock pool. Burke really cranks up his love for Keith Moon here, and everybody involved sounds like they’re having a blast. But the real revelation is Giblin, whose sharp ear for melody and amazing voice carry the day, despite being the least well‐known amongst his peers. Now Hear This… is such a satisfying slab of soulful rock & roll it makes one hope these folks never go back to their day jobs. – Michael Toland, Blurt Magazine

...but the afternoon highlight was the 2nd ever show by super‐group The Split Squad. Including members of The Fleshtones, The Plimsouls, Baseball Project and Clem Burke, super drummer for Blondie, this crew simply went OFF, and guitarist Keith Streng's (from The Fleshtones) in‐the‐crowd antics and energy might have been the most entertaining thing I've seen all week. Score another one for the old guys, and the forever‐young power of rock & roll... ‐ Carl Hanni, Tucson Weekly
I was driving home, it was Glasgow in February; dark, dank and rainy. I stuck the CD into the player in the car and was immediately transported to a sunnier place. Bursting from the tinny little speakers was an explosion of righteous goodness; chiming guitars, three‐part vocal harmonies, a Spector‐esque drum sound and a vivacious energy and bubblegum fizz that was several parts California sun and half a dozen parts Detroit garage. If you’re a fan of The Flamin’ Groovies, Big Star, Nuggets– era garage, The Posies or The Raspberries, I urge you to get all over this album right now. – Joe Whyte, Louder Than War

While it sounds like the glue for this project may be bassist Michael Giblin, Blondie's Burke did serve brief stints in both the Plimsouls and Fleshtones over the years. In fact, the rhythm section anchors things well here throughout, as the band draws on assorted influences that span at least five decades of rock and pop over the 13 tracks. The Split Squad might be energetic, fun batting practice for these guys away from their real teams, but Now Hear This winds up more fair than foul ‐‐ a cool diversion for those of us who would otherwise, in the words of Honus Wagner, just "stare out the window and wait for spring." – The Middle Eight It may be the last show of their tour, but the Split Squad plays with the joyous abandon of a band eager to alter some synapses and flood the dance floor. This is a show that those in attendance will speak of reverently for years to come. – Fred Rudsofsky, Nippertown The Split Squad performed most of its debut album and introduced at least two songs from its forthcoming EP, Giblin's "Stop Me (If You've Heard This One Before)" and Streng's "Showstopper." The real showstopper, however, was The Split Squad's encore cover of The Plimsouls' "A Million Miles Away." Although still a side band for some of the musicians, The Split Squad rivaled many concert performances by their original bands. – Charlie Crespo, Aquarian Weekly