New music, new home, waning moon…oh yeah, and a killer review!

Hi there…it’s Wendy here this time. Things have been a bit quiet on the public front of the Andalusia Rose camp, but lots is happening behind the scenes. The past few months have been monopolized by a big move for me from Oakland to Morongo Valley, just outside of Joshua Tree. I’m loving the desert life, full of coyotes, rabbits, roadrunners, spiders and some recent owl sightings! The simple things. The quiet and the dark have been quite inspiring for me, to say the least.

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My backyard

There is a rich artistic and musical community here, and I’m looking forward to deepening my roots in that. I recently attended the Desert Generator Festival at Pappy & Harriets, a 5-band show featuring Earthless, Brant Bjork, Orchid, The Shrine, and Black Rainbows, along with the Rolling Heavy custom van show. We mingled with the stars, including Brant Bjork and Riding Easy Records honcho Daniel Hall, while a pesky drone hovered above the outdoor stage during Orchid’s set.

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Me ‘n my guy with Brant Bjork

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The Riding Easy Sabbath Worship mobile

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We are in the process of making a new record. We’ve been recording new material at Outland Studio in Berkeley, CA, little by little, as finances allow. We hope to have this record done in the next couple of months. We can’t wait for you to hear it!! It truly captures the essence of…us. Pure, unadulterated us! Some slow, bluesy, heartfelt moments, countered by heavy psychedelic riffs, some straight-ahead rock, some weird shit, plus a cover by one of my all-time favorites, one who was taken too soon….

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Steve Marriott

 

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On our way to a recent rehearsal in our East Oakland studio, we were welcomed with this scene:

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We’d like to thank Glenn Milligan at Metalville Zine  for the stellar review of First Stone:

Andalusia Rose – First Stone
(S/R – 2016)

​A trio from San Francisco, California made up of Wendy Lee Gadzuk (The 440’s), Jeff Vengeance (Flesh Eaters) and Paul Jarvis (Skinlab) who rock up the most amazing retro, earthy rock and then some.

Standouts on this seven tracker include ‘First Stone’ that puts me in mind of 70’s Heart, Jefferson Airplane and Vinegar Joe; the Southern Rock of ‘Coming Home’ and the incredible slide work in ‘Destroyer’ reminding me of Ronnie Wood in his Faces days. And that voice of Wendy is just off the chain at times!

You get the impression that it was cut live since it’s overall very warm, earthy, authentic and organic – wow! Just wow!

10/10

By Glenn Milligan

Thanks dude!!

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Chris Cornell

As I write this, I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Chris Cornell. Another monster power-house vocalist who was taken far too soon. I hope your journey is swift. RIP Chris, and thank you for the music.

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RIP Chris Cornell

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The photo at the top of the page was taken by Tucson photographer Rachel Slick. Inspired by the band’s name, she had a vision as she draped me in red silk while I hid behind the rose skull mask. Star is there by necessity.

Thank you, our loyal fans, for your love and support. Visit us on Facebook, Instagram, and Bandcamp, where you can stream our music and purchase our stuff directly from us! All proceeds will go directly into our new record. Yeah, we’re on Twitter too, but we suck at Twitter.

 

 

 

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Flashback 2015 Andalusia Rose/Flesh Eaters at G.A.M.H.

Happy New Year!

There hasn’t been a post here for awhile since we’ve been taking a break from shows and pretty much everything so Wendy can settle into her new desert digs with her wildman partner in guitar slinging crime, Tony Wheels…and a bunch of cats. Paul’s going ice fishing in Alaska with his buddies in Skinlab and Jeff’s been living the San Francisco dream working in a record store and trying to survive in a city he can’t afford.

We will be getting back to rehearsing this month and hopefully we will get back in the studio soon to continue work on our next record!!

In the meantime dig into this blog post from our bassist Jeffs blog (we didn’t have a blog then). There are links and video from the show and it also ties into Jeff’s background as he played guitar with The Flesh Eaters for some time in the 90’s. It’s hard to believe it has been 2 years since this gig! This was definitely a highlight of our past few years playing shows.

FIRST SHOW FOR 2015 WITH CLASSIC LA PUNK BAND THE FLESH EATERS

 

November Updates and Photo Slideshow

Winter rapidly approaches and we’re in a bit of a transitional phase right now. We’re not looking at any shows at this point but we’re working up some newer material and should be back in the studio in the next week or so to continue work on our next record.

Wendy is also getting ready for a big move out to the desert in the next month or so. This will mean a lot less activity in the Bay Area as we won’t be as liberal in the shows we take on. We plan to shift our focus to getting on bigger shows and working toward getting overseas eventually.

Which brings me to our most recent bit of press from The UK. we re-blogged this last week from Zeitgeist/The Rocker but in case you missed it, here’s our bit of the review isolated. For the original post go to Here

ANDALUSIA ROSE
First Stone
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“Three years on from their debut and Andalusia Rose are back with some excellent female fronted throwback hard rock.

They’ve got a seventies rock bedrock topped off with some blues and soul influences which really allows the vocals of Wendy Lee Gadzuk to shine through.  The band are a sharp sounding power trio who also throw in some psych and fuzz into the equation and end up with a fine sounding racket.

Bassist Jeff “Vengeance” Klukowski and drummer Paul Jarvis certainly know how to drive a rhythm and on songs like the title track and “Destroyer” the groove is quite amazing.  They lose direction a little on the last two tracks, especially on the cover of “The Rose” but they’re the kind of band that could and should rip a club to pieces.”


 

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Caravan San Jose

 Our last couple of shows were at The Caravan in San Jose and The Golden Bull in Oakland. We just got a killer batch of pics from Mike Rosati  who has been shooting us since the early days. The pics in the slideshow below are from The Golden Bull.

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As always, your continued support is much appreciated. We have no label support and we don’t have trust  funds, so if you haven’t already, go check out our Bandcamp Site where we have music and merch for sale. Vinyl, cd’s stickers, downloads, art prints by Wendy and T-shirts printed by our bassist at his print shop in SF The Little Black Egg. All sales go right into our next recording. Thank you in advance and stay tuned for more!


October Updates (UK mag write up)

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Just a few developments in our camp, pretty significant stuff though. First of all the biggest news is that our Wendy is moving to the desert! She’s been dreaming about it for some time now and you know how we artists like to make our dreams as much a reality as possible, so yes, our fearless leader is going ‘out there’ to find the stuff that dreams are made of.

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Andalusia Rose ‘Desert Happenings’

This doesn’t mean the band is breaking up, on the contrary, we plan to finish this next recording which should result in our first full length release, lawd willin’ and if we can continue to raise enough funds to make it a reality. We’ve been doing this all on our own, with tiny bits of money coming in via merch sales and gig money etc. so we’re forced to record in batches which is tedious but necessary. We estimate a release by sometime in 2017!


FIREWORKS MAG ISSUE #76

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The other update we have for you is that we were once again included in a UK publication called Fireworks Magazine. Our track ‘Let it Shine’ appears on the cd that accompanies the mag and also within’ the same cd (enhanced) is a pdf of an interview Wendy did with Nick Baldriani which we took the time to convert into a viewable format for your reading pleasure!

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That’s all for now, no shows on the horizon as part of this transition means that we will be more selective with the shows we take on with Wendy being much farther away, so they have to be worth it. We also plan to focus more on getting this recording in the can and eventually pressed up and in your hands, ears and hopefully your hearts asap!

As mentioned earlier, we are operating independently with no outside help from labels or distro, so if you have any desire to help us continue to operate, please support our Bandcamp page, we have vinyl and cds available as well as high quality downloads, t-shirts and art prints by Wendy! If you have a friend who likes good music, pass it on!

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Next Stop Reno!

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RENO

We tried to drive up to Reno a few months ago only to be thwarted by snow as the elevation increased on our way to the gig. We were a bit unaware as to the condition of the roads up there, but when we stopped for some snacks we were informed that we would have to purchase at least one set of tire chains to even be allowed to attempt to continue through to Reno. We had 2 vehicles to outfit with chains and actually contemplated for a second, going for it. Chains for 2 vehicles would set us back even more in cost and we already had to cover gas and potential lodging for the evening with no guarantee from the gig. Then our sense kicked in as we aren’t wreckless 20 somethings anymore and we made the obvious correct decision to cancel right there on the spot. Sometimes it’s hard to do that, this time not so much. Apparently as we were making this decision the weather was getting increasingly worse and we heard shortly after that they closed the road entirely and we would not have been allowed through, chains or no chains!

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So Friday is a Reno redo! We will be playing with The Flesh Hammers who were so kind as to set up the previous gig and understanding enough to set up this one for us. Hopefully mother nature will also align herself to allow us to get in and get out safely. The location was recently changed to The Morris Burner Hotel/Hostel

Reno FB event Here


THE CARAVAN SAN JOSE

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Right after that we head to The Caravan in San Jose to play with Bitch School who we played with up in Portland awhile back and Grimace and the Fakers from  San Jose!

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Sept 3 updates

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The future of Andalusia Rose is a bright one and we’re looking forward to getting back in the studio soon. We also have some shows coming up, we’ll be at The Golden Bull Sept 7th and we’ll also be playing back to back shows in Reno and San Jose at the end of the month!

We’re also slated to appear in the next issue of Fireworks Magazine out of The UK. We’ll be on the cd and a brief interview with Wendy will also be in the Fall issue which will be out in the UK on Sept 18th (USA and Canada a month later)

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Summer 2016 issue

 

SEPTEMBER SHOWS

Sept 7th Golden Bull Oakland

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Sept 23rd Street Vibrations Weekend: Reno

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Sept 24th The Caravan San Jose

See you out there!

I believe in Art (An interview with Wendy)

We are currently working on raising more money to get some more studio time, so not much to report on that end. We recently played in San Jose at JJ’s. It was the first time there for us and we had a good time as always.

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Pic by Alexandra Sussman

Following is another interview with our front lady Wendy, this time in a blog called “I Believe in Art” and since art is as much a part of what we do, it is really nice to have interest and coverage that focuses on this:

INTERVIEW: I Believe In Artists: Wendy Lee Gadzuk

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Not too much else to report right now other than some interest and a potential piece in another UK magazine (an actual print mag) though more on that as it develops!

Next show Reno!

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