Release Date: Sep 16, 2014
Record label: Plowboy
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival
While he's well loved by singer/songwriter fans and earnest roots rockers, Alejandro Escovedo has never made a secret of his love of Mott the Hoople, David Bowie, T. Rex, and other '70s rock acts with a glittery undertow, and his long-ago work with his band Buick MacKane proved he could walk it like he talked it. Escovedo's latest group project, the Fauntleroys, is a somewhat different kettle of fish, but working with a handful of like-minded rock & roll veterans, their debut EP, Below the Pink Pony, confirms he and his compatriots have an appetite for serious rock swagger and big, dirty guitar riffs.
Four esteemed musician friends that share a bit of common history and influences link up, record some tunes, and release a subsequent album. Sounds like a familiar supergroup refrain, correct? There’s been a lot of that type of collaboration lately, with the results varying along the spectrum of spectacular, to so-so, to downright forgettable. This fall, the Fauntleroys come along into the mix, not so much a supergroup (although their members are certainly well-known within musical circles, if not universally) as it is a celebration of uniquely seasoned rock-and-rollers coming together to unwind and celebrate a shared perspective.
The Fauntleroys Below the Pink Pony EP (Plowboy Records) Meet Alejandro Escovedo's first full-on rock band since Nineties garage/glam aggregation Buick MacKane. The Fauntleroys collide Austin's answer to Lou Reed with Richard Hell & the Voidoids guitarist Ivan Julian, orchestral roots sage Nicholas Tremulis, and powerhouse drummer Linda Pitmon, once of Zuzu's Petals and now longtime linchpin in all of her husband Steve Wynn's various projects. Julian dominates the proceedings, with our favorite True Believer playing bass for the first time in his life and only getting two vocals: the opening "I'm in Love With Everything" and soulful closer "Take You Far Away.