Last Thursday night one of the hottest new bands of the year, Spanish Gold sold-out their first show of their debut tour. The supergroup featuring Patrick Hallahan of My Morning Jacket, local guitarist and producer, Adrian Quesada (Brownout, Grupo Fantasma) and San Antonio musician Dante Schwebel (City and Color, Hacienda) have been getting buzz since debuting at SXSW last March. It was a sort of homecoming for the band who has been touring with Austin artists, John Branch (Hard Proof) and Suzanna Choffel (joined tour in Texas) so the sell-out was not particularly surprising at The Parish that has a 450 person capacity. Those lucky few who where there saw a performance every bit as good as the hype surrounding Spanish Gold at the moment.
At first glance the roster of this trio appears comprised of members from wildly different musical backgrounds. Hallahan's My Morning Jacket makes psychedelic alt-rock while Quesada's projects all have a Latin bent and Hacienda fronted by Schwebel lay somewhere in between those genres. In reality the members all share similar influences and the result of their combined efforts, debut album "South of Nowhere" is a fantastic listen. There is clearly a 60's psychedelic rock influence mingled with traces of hip-hop and blues. Considering it is the band's only recording that is primarily what the audience heard Thursday.
It was interesting watching the crowd reaction to Spanish Gold considering the new album just dropped May 27 and most were seeing the band live for the first time. Surprisingly, some were singing along (they knew the words to a three week-old record!). Others danced to the music and nearly everyone in the room appeared to enjoy the show. The band held back their first single, "Out on the Street" until the end of the set but got the crowd moving with "Day Drinking," "One Track Mind" and the grooving, "Don't Leave Me Dry."
The band threw in a Ghetto Brothers cover, "There is Something in Your Heart" and covered Bel Biv Devoe's "Poison" for an encore. Hallahan has mentioned the band's affinity for hip-hop and 80s R&B and it surfaced in the set list. Seeing the band translate the new record to stage so effectively only cemented our belief that Spanish Gold is headed for bigger stages in the near future. Our recommendation is you catch them as soon as you can.
Remaining U.S. dates:
24- West Hollywood, Calif. @ Troubadour
25- San Francisco, Calif. @ Rickshaw Stop
26- Mill Valley, Calif. @ Sweetwater Music Hall
28- Vancouver, BC @ The Venue
29- Seattle, Wash. @ The Triple Door
30- Portland, Ore. @ Doug Fir Lounge
19- Louisville, Ky. @ The Forecastle Festival