When this guitar first entered my ears I immediately flashed back to a period of heavy riffs and glam outfits. But, while those elements definitely exist in this new Cairo Gang, I love the way the guitars sit back in the mix, letting the breath-y vocals provide the emphatic stomp as the notes turn over one another. Perhaps one of the finer elements of this piece are the jammier moments being stretched out carrying listeners through a psychedelic journey all the way to the abrupt end. Untouchable, the newest album from the project, will be released on March 24th via God?.
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Drag City has one of the most diverse stables of bands, offering up quiet folk, experimental tunes and, of course, heavy tinged guitar acts like Ty Segall. This new track from The Cairo Gang seems to fall in the latter category, though only in spirit. While you could see these riffs being amplified, they’re pulled back in the studio mix, bringing in a more classic glam sound that carries more of a heavy stomp than a head bang. It all brings a steady groove, casually rocking listeners rather than beating them over the head…which is great for those of us who don’t want to blast the cones on our speakers.The new album Untouchable will be available via DC’s God? Imprint on March 24th.
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It’s never fun to come home to a mass quantity of emails after a brief vacation, except for when you go through and find a gem like this tune from The Cairo Gang. I’m pretty sure that their early success has built a broader audience thirsting for this new record. The track lives somewhere in the realm between Americana stomp and American power-pop, filled with this great vocal that I can’t get out of my head (does anyone else hear Pollard?). It’s the second single from the band’s new album, Gone Missing, being released on June 23rd on God?.
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Having been a fan of The Cairo Gang for a bit now, I think the most impacting thing I always carry with me is Emmet Kelly’s voice. There’s something familiar about it, like a Pollard-Costello blend, yet there’s still something distinctive that makes it stand out to my ears. And, on the first single from the group’s new offering, it sounds like Kelly’s voice and a heavy dosage of power-pop are going to be the standard for Goes Missing, the newest LP. It’s going to have a release date of June 23rd via God? Records, so be sure to add it to your summer listening list.
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When I first played this track, I thought the brief opening guitar line sounded in the vein of the majority of folk-influenced tunes that come my way, but then the vocals came in to play. It’s clear after one listen that main man, Emmett Kelly, has an otherworldly voice. At times, it’s quite gentle, yet it has an operatic pitch that differentiates it from other similar acts. And this is what you can expect when you listen to the Cairo Gang, who will be releasing their new record The Corner Man on Empty Cellar Records on October 23rd. I can rest easy knowing you’ll all be as obsessed as I am with this track by end of day tomorrow.
Download: The Cairo Gang – Now You Are One Of Us [MP3]