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Garcia Peoples Announce Live Album, Touring

[Brooklyn Vegan]

By Bill Pearis


New Jersey’s Garcia Peoples have been straddling the line between indie rock and jammier territory since their inception, drawing comparisons to the Dead (which their name invites), Meat Puppets, The Feelies and Parquet Courts, and they’ve shared bills with Kikagaku Moyo, Ryley Walker, Howlin’ Rain and more. The band released the ambitious One Step Behind in 2019 which only featured two songs, one of which — the title track — is 31 minutes long and contains a number of disparate but interlocking suites, weaving in jazz and more. You can listen to that below.

They’re now releasing their first live album which is titled 10-10-19 Nublu NYC and will be out March 6 via Beyond Beyond is Beyond. The title is taken from the date and location of the show, which was part of their Nublu residency and also the One Step Behind record release show. Here’s bassist Andy Cush on the night:

Listening back to the recording of this show, I remember standing onstage, eyes closed, deep in concentration, hoping everything would hold together the way it’s supposed to. It was the first (and to date the only) time we’d ever played “One Step Behind” live as an ensemble with Tom’s dad, the great saxophonist Bob Malach, who’d overdubbed his contributions to the album version after the basic tracks were already in place. Naturally, and happily, hardly anything went quite the way we expected onstage. The music on this tape is at its most alive when you can hear us abandoning the plan and surrendering to the unknown.

From the outset, we knew we wanted to push ourselves at this show to take “One Step Behind” as far out as possible, searching at its boundaries for previously undiscovered zones. I like to think we found a few. In particular, there’s a groove-oriented stretch in the middle that we played with more openness than ever before, which—for me, at least—has directly impacted the performances we’ve given since then. Perhaps by the time this tape comes out, we’ll be exploring territories of “One Step Behind” that we didn’t even realize existed back when it was recorded. A map only gets you so far. Sometimes you just have to follow the sound.

We’ve got the premiere of “Show Your Troubles Out” in this post and you can listen below.

Garcia Peoples will also be on tour starting this weekend, playing Boston on Friday (1/31) and will be at Union Pool on Tuesday, February 4 joining Steve Gunn and William Tyler for the first night of their four-night run at the venue (tickets). They’ll also play Asbury Park’s Wonder Bar on February 8 with Gods and Wreaths (tickets). The band have also announced West Coast dates in April, Midwest dates in May and will play the Lockn’ fest in June. All dates are listed below.

01.31.20 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
02.01.20 – Portsmouth, NH @ The Press Room
02.04.20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool (w/ Steve Gunn & William Tyler)
02.06.20 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd Music House
02.07.20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
02.08.20 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Wonder bar
02.15.20 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House / Freaks Ball XX
03.25.20 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
03.27.20 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest
03.28.20 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest
03.31.20 – Seattle, WA @ Barbosa
04.01.20 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
04.03.20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
04.04.20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Hi Hat
05.07.20 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
05.08.20 – Milwaukee, WI @ MKE Psych Fest VIII @ The Cooperage
05.09.20 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Bells Eccentric Cafe
06.20.20 – Arrington, VA @ LOCKN’ Music Festival