New Garcia Peoples: “Cold Dice” > “Tough Freaks” > “Stray Cats”

*Photo by Mayuko Fujino

Garcia Peoples is a band that never ceases to evolve. Each release finds the group expanding their sound and exploring new and daring directions. This has never been more clear than with their upcoming album, Dodging Dues, which comes out January 14, 2022, on No Quarter Records.

With Superwolves’ Matt Sweeney producing and joining in on guitar and vocals and Pat Gubler (keys and flute) and Andy Cush (bass) each getting a chance to compose and sing lead, the Garcia Peoples sound has diversified significantly. It’s thicker, punchier and more compact. From astral Americana jams to defiant prog power anthems, this record reflects a band with impressively wide horizons and an insatiable urge to continuously move ahead into uncharted territory.

For a taste of what to expect from this dynamic powerhouse of a record, get a load of this sequence of three interconnecting tracks, “Cold Dice,” “Tough Freaks” and “Stray Cats:”

“Cold Dice” drifts with dreamy harmonies and a fusion-like breeziness, before building up to the commanding “Tough Freaks.” This rally cry of a track could easily become a highlight of every live Garcia Peoples performance going forward. You can easily imagine an entire packed venue singing along excitedly to the shouting chorus. Then, “Stray Cats” smooths things down with its slinking groove, rumbling vocals and full realization of the main riff that emerged in the previous two songs—bonding the trio of cuts together.

Preorders for Dodging Dues start today. Click here to reserve your copy on either green and blue marble vinyl, digital or CD now.

Garcia Peoples will resume touring later this month, including a residency at Brooklyn’s Sultan Room. If you haven’t seen this band in person yet, trust me when I say that now is the time to finally catch their show. Do not miss out. Check below to see if they’ll be playing in your town this fall:

Oct 13 – Club Café – Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 14 – Marble Bar – Detroit, MI
Oct 15 – Schubas Tavern – Chicago, IL
Oct 16 – Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
Oct 17 – The Bur Oak – Madison, WI
Oct 19 – Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI
Oct 20 – White Rabbit Cabaret – Indianapolis, IN
Oct 21 – Ace of Cups – Columbus, OH
Oct 22 – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH
Oct 23 – Phantom Power – Millersville, PA
Oct 27 – The Sultan Room – Brooklyn, NY
Oct 30 – Johnny Brendas – Philadelphia, PA
Nov 3 – The Sultan Room – Brooklyn, NY
Nov 6 – Common Fence Point Community Hall – Portsmouth, RI
Nov 10 – The Sultan Room – Brooklyn, NY Nov 17 – The Sultan Room – Brooklyn, NY
Nov 19 – The Colony – Woodstock, NY
Nov 20 – Café Nine – New Haven, CT


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Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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