Lee Gallagher & The Hallelujah (Single Release), Sweet Chariot, Angelica Rockne
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Sea Witch Presents:
Lee Gallagher & The Hallelujah (Single Release)
Having recently been named one of the Top 5 Best Up-and-Coming Bay area bands of 2014 by CBS and most recently one of 5 bands to watch in 2015 by Relix magazine, Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah have clearly made a mark in their short time together since forming in mid-2013.
Based in San Francisco but comprised of Midwestern and Southern transplants with a devotion to honest roots based American music, they weave a sonic tapestry framed by wailing guitars, churning organ, and more than a slight nod to the southern gospel music of their past. The band has garnered buzz for their live shows which transform traditional music venues into sweaty, hip-shaking, psychedelic tent revivals.
The band went into the studio for nine days in 2014 to record their self-titled debut record and then focused on playing live and touring a good swath of the US. And, for the new kids on the block, the band has had the incredible good fortune of sharing the stage with such acts as Leon Russell, Heartless Bastards, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Living Colour, Soul Asylum, and The Doobie Brothers.
The early reviews of their debut record have ticked off comparisons to many legendary artists such as Humble Pie, The Band, the Grateful Dead, the Faces, and the Black Crowes. Gallagher’s dynamic vocal range has brought repeated comparisons to both Neil Young and Robert Plant.
Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah spent the summer of 2015 taking their “psychedelic gospel” on the road with a US tour accompanied by the world renown analog liquid light show Mad Alchemy and will continue touring in 2016 as they work on the follow up to their self-titled debut.
Sweet Chariot is a San Francisco and Oakland based band with members who prefer old gear and cold beer. Their timeless rock ‘n’ roll is a blend of pickled pub rock and greasy biker boogie trimmed in the smoky tones of West Coast canyon-twang. Comprised of singer/guitarist Eric Shea (Hot Lunch, Mover) and Planes Of Satori drummer Chris Labreche – both dudes from the bygone band Parchman Farm. They also landed bass player Doran Shelley, a former member of The Cramps and Nik Turner’s Hawkwind. Ride The Blinds’ frontman Chris Guthridge completes the band with shared singing duties and top-shelf lead guitar playing.
Angelica Rockne plays rock & roll that “belongs on an AM car radio on a two lane highway.” (the Bay Bridged) Her warm, evocative voice is constantly teetering on the border of beauty and grit; of classic country and desert rock. You could think of her as Stevie Nicks backed by Crazy Horse or Mazzy Star gone country. Whatever the comparison, there is an undeniable authenticity that can be heard in songs like “When I See You” and “Joshua” from her recent self-released 7”. She spent fall of 2016 wrapping up her debut album, Queen of San Antonio, recorded at Tim Green’s Louder Studios in Grass Valley, CA. The record, recorded mostly live, is loose, raw, and thickly layered with pedal steel (played masterfully by Pete Grant), Wurlitzer, hammond, and upright. To say it transcends genre might be presumptuous, but it certainly challenges it. Angelica’s debut album is expected to be released sometime in 2017 in conjunction with a west coast release tour.