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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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.

 

 

 

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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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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Andalusia Rose on Radio Valencia!

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From a recent review of  ‘First Stone’ on itunes:

Real Music!!: by Mikeymac420

“I heard “Let It Shine” on an alternative college radio station and recorded the song on my phone to sort through the lyrics and figure out who it was later. I can tell you with all my heart I am so glad I did and it was worth the half hour search. The whole album is killer. I would have bet this was some untapped gem from 92′. But its barely a year old which gives me hope for the future of music. Great, great stuff. Can’t wait for more to come!!” (Mikeymac420)

RADIO VALENCIA

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Last Sunday Wendy and Jeff went down to Ye Olde Mission District in SF to chop it up with Malderor on his show Malderor’s Curated Catastrophe. We covered everything from the origins of the band to some influences on our sound and the art of it all. We both brought a stack of music, mostly vinyl and had a blast spinning some of our favorite music. As an extra special treat we even offered a ‘sneak listen’ of some of what we are currently working on. We were also joined by DJ Deathwish who added some humor and also has a show called Cheap Hooch on Radio Valencia.

Listen Here: Malderor’s Curated Catastrophe w/Andalusia Rose

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Watch a seamless segue from ‪#‎theflesheaters‬ ‘Shallow Water’ to‪#‎jefferyleepierce‬ ‘Get Away’ on vinyl! Hear background conversations about the trials and tribulations of ‪#‎experimentalcomedy‬ aka comedy on acid…y’know typical SF!

Another thing we spoke about was our new favorite local band The Electric Arrows who we recently played a couple of shows with, most recently at The Hemlock. Check out some of their brand of Soulful music in this collage of clips from that night, shot by our bassist Jeff.


SHOWS!

We’ll be at JJ’s in San Jose this Saturday and next  month September 23rd we’ll be up in Reno to rip it up with The Flesh Hammers at Street Vibrations Motorcycle Show and we’ll be back in San Jose at The Caravan Sept 24th!

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Also! You can now find our vinyl release at 1-2-3-4 Go! Record Store in Oakland!

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Andalusia Rose has a track on Classic Rock Magazine Free CD!

We’re proud to have a track on the free cd that accompanies this month’s issue of Classic Rock Magazine!

We’re really honored to be in this issue as it also has Lemmy on the cover and a special piece on Bowie, two major recent losses for the music world! It’s sure to make this one a collectors item.

You can order a copy through the link or look for it at your local Bookstores that carry import rock mags!