The Grand Slambovians (formerly Gandalf Murphy)
The Grand Slambovians (formerly Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams) must be seen live to be appreciated fully. And though their studio albums are full of wild brilliance and dynamic hippie soul, you just haven't had the full experience until you've survived the Alice-in-Wonderland, full-frontal assault of a live show. There's something in the water along the Hudson River which continues to inspire creative souls and bandleader & songwriter Longo, (known for tall tales and philosophizing) describes their new studio album, The Grand Slambovians as "A more extreme dose of what we've always been - a country prison music meets British invasion type of thing".
They've been called "the hillbilly Pink Floyd," which is an apt description, particularly if you throw in elements of Incredible String Band, Neil Young, The Band, Dylan, and maybe even some Frank Zappa as well. For the uninitiated, the band's all over the map, melodic avant folk conjures Tom Petty, Dinosour Jr., and a fuller Buffalo Tom, possessing an exotic instrumental arsenal in addition to standard rock regalia. Equal parts Washington Irving and Woodstock, the band taps into a broad palette of styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to huge Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems.
The Slambovians have toured nationally and abroad since 1998, electrifying their ever expanding fans with animated live performances and strong original music. They are: Joziah Longo (lead vocals, guitars, harmonica); Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello, flute, theremin); Sharkey McEwen (guitars, mandolin, backing vocals); Tony Zuzulo (percussives).
"Gandalf Murphy & the SCD is simply one of the finest American bands out there..." - All Music Guide
"Casting a wide net, their music energizes anyone who hears it." - Relix Magazine
"Mightily impressive and hugely original... 'tis truly an epic soundtrack." - Maverick Magazine, UK
"Lively songs that are imbued with mystical stirrings." - New York Times