Blooming with psychedelic sexiness and awe inspiring sound-scapes Black Gasoline’s new material finds them trading in their leather jacket swagger in favor astronauts suits and druid robes. Whether it be tales of Gunfighters, shadow-creeping vampires or cosmic beings bestowing super human powers on the unsuspecting, Black Gasoline’s new direction pushes the boundaries of what is expected from a turn of the century rock band. The band has taken an obvious musical shift away from the adrenaline charged whiskey drenched bar rock that inhabited their debut album “She Gave Us Magic” The transition comes in part, from the addition of Keyboardist Larry Donaldson to the writing process. As well as the fact that the band decided to take a D.I.Y. approach and record the album in their own studio with the assistance of their friend and sonic-guru Jon Goodwin. “Black Gas” reached beyond their standard classic rock influences and dove into lesser-charted territories in search of new sounds and lyrical ideas, to compliment the new vastness of their new material. Along with Guitarist, Paul DeCeglie, the pair took up the reigns and drove the quintet into a spacier direction as evident on tracks such as “She Wrapped My Heart Around the Sun.” That being said, one listen to either “I’ll Be Ready” or “Queen Bee” proves that this quintet is still quite capable of delivering the mandatory amount of ass shaking rock & roll. Vocalist Bryan Seely still delivers his trade mark rasp even on the lullaby like “Red Moon” and the air tight rhythm section of Kendall Newby and Scott Mackey keep the “warp engines on line” especially on the groove drenched “The Wizard & The Devils Daughter.” The band plans on trying out some of these new songs during this year’s installment of the Austin Texas SXSW music conference. As well as several regional shows during the spring and summer of 2009.
‘Black Gasoline demonstrates exactly why it has long been hailed as one of the most promising bands in Kansas.” – Eat, Sleep, Drink Music.com // “Black Gasoline is a band that has drunk deeply from the well of ‘70s riff metal.” – musictap.net // “Black Gasoline adds their stamp by throwing in an ample amount of good time boogie and some radio-friendly hooks.” –Stonerrock.com // “The black majik of Black Gasoline will have you believing that Wichita is a lot cooler than it actually is.” – Lawrence.com // “Wichita’s Black Gasoline, which favors sludge and engine rattle over pomp and sass.” –Pitch.com // “A bonanza of guitar oriented big ass sound.” – sugarbuzzmagazine // “Fuzz box distortion and detuned guitars layered with razorblade cut vocals and a very ‘70’s vibe” –Sea Of Tranquility /
As of November 2008 they have gone into the studio to record their new album. It’ll be done when it’s done according to a blog entry on their Myspace page.
Taken from their ReverbNation page located at: http://www.reverbnation.com/blackgasoline
With its debut album She Gave Us Magic Black Gasoline demonstrates exactly why it has long been hailed as one of the most promising bands in Kansas. Influenced by the no-nonsense rock ‘n’ roll of American greats such as The MC5 and Grand Funk Railroad as well as the powerful, melodic leanings of Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple and the moody, expansive rock of Captain Beyond, the Wichita-based quintet is no mere throwback to a bygone era. Rather, the band,guitarist Paul DeCeglie, bassist Scotty Baddhart, drummer Kendall Newbie, vocalist Bobby Comfort and guitarist/keyboardist Lovell Hickman—seeks to introduce fans to a louder, more groove conscious brand of rock that abandons adherence to corporate branding and commercialism and instead gets down to the business of shaking the ass and elevating the soul. With DeCeglie’s napalm-hot guitar tone, Comfort’s trademark rasp (think a casual, less histrionic David Lee Roth who has listened to a variety of soul and old rock), Baddhart’s distinct four-string prowess which calls to mind the missing link between Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) and Roger Glover (Deep Purple), Newbie’s precision pounding and Hickman’s ability to traverse between arena and garage rock, Black Gasoline strikes hard with singable anthems such as “Castor Oil and Marmalade,” “Dirty White T-Shirt” and “A.C.T.I.O.N.” But for its charms and willingness to celebrate hard partying and hard rocking, Black Gasoline finds time for the ethereal (the groove-intensive instrumental “Transmission Interlude”) and the epic (the dark paean to a World War II bomber, “Lady Iron Wing”) and “The Boy Who Destroyed the World.” A top live draw in its native Wichita, Black Gasoline may not singlehandedly change the face of rock but it may very well change your life. At least for a night. And in rock ‘n’ roll, that’s often all that matters.
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