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Gourds 8th

11/04/05
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(Press Release) The Gourds, who according to the Village Voice "are all about wrapping the traditional in the eccentric and unexpected," have completed their eighth album. The CD, titled Heavy Ornamentals, will hit the streets on January 24, 2006 on Eleven Thirty Records through Redeye Distribution. In a day of digital everything, the band recorded the album in glorious analog, with singer/bassist/songscribe Jimmy Smith citing, "People don't leave mistakes in anymore. Everything sounds so perfect it requires less and less talent on the part of the performer."

The 13 new songs on Heavy Ornamentals form a Gourdian knot of material written by chief band scribes Jimmy Smith and Kevin Russell. The tunes bear the traditional touch of knotty beats and poetic non-sequiturs for lyrics. With the band's influences sewn as patchwork hearts on tattered sleeves, Doug Sahm and Johnny Thunders emerge as culture heroes while Schoolhouse Rock, Vincent Van Gogh and Typhoid Mary inspire verses, and an old favorite returns. The Gourds will tour nationally in spring and summer.
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