Los Angeles, CA, March 5, 2011 -
Prolific Philly indie scene mainstays, The Disgruntled Sherpa Project launch ess em 53, their eighth studio album, with a CD release show on Friday March 18th, 2011, at Fergie’s in downtown Philadelphia, PA.
Kicking off with “Sick Young Man” a pounding and piercing anthem about the pharmaceutical industry and the human guinea pigs used in drug testing, the album registers a noticeably harder edge than previous work, and marks a return to the three guitar system the band utilized from 2002 until their 2009 hit LP Scrambled Eggs. The track was chosen as a companion promotional song for the documentary Control Group from Sugar Hill Productions. “Lunare” a song on the disc written for the short film Lunar Eclipse is by far the most delicate of all of the tracks and there is a heavy blues and hillbilly country influence on “Smokin’ Joe,” an homage to Philadelphia’s own Smokin’ Joe Frazier and “Back Porch Door,” which Boylan describes as a “moonshine and crystal meth anti-adultery paean.” Revenge is also on the menu as vengeance soaks through the haunting, western tinged “War Machine” and the heavily cathartic “Don’t Try Me”. The band also keeps one foot in the 90’s, one in the 70’s and their head in the 60’s with the grungy “Not Alone”, the classic rock of “Landing Gear” and the psychedelic “No Way Home.”
“Each album we’ve done has a slightly different feel and sound to it mainly because it’s a different band essentially,” Boylan says. “And this incarnation I think is the most dynamic and easily my favorite to play with.”
The Scrambled Eggs release was the bands first to rely mainly on two guitars and more heavily on piano and keyboards. With the arrival of lead guitarist Reginald DeJesus, replacing original guitarist Dan Perry and new drummer John Vasudevan, the band’s material is some of their most dynamic to date.
DeJesus and Vasudevan join original members guitarists Joe Boylan and George Wright and bassist Walt Mamaluy. ess em 53, is the band’s third album recorded at Music Box Production Studios with producer/engineer David Reilly who also plays piano and keys on the band’s recordings. The official public album release will be on March 22nd. The Disgruntled Sherpa Project is based in Philadelphia, PA.
Joe Boylan: Guitars, banjo, harmonica, vocals
Walt Mamaluy: Bass, percussion, vocals
George Wright: Guitars, vocals
Reginald DeJesus: Lead Guitar, vocals
John Vasudevan: Drums, percussion
CD Release gig:
Friday March 18th
$7.00 at the door. No advanced ticket sales.
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