Golden Animals: Free Your Mind And Win A Pony
People will and do often ask "where exactly are the Golden Animals from?" when hearing their distinctive sound from their debut album Free Your Mind And Win A Pony, out August 25 on HappyParts Recordings. In a nutshell, Linda grew up in Northern Sweden and Tommy in Baltimore, Maryland, they met in Europe, eloped to Brooklyn then ventured west to the desert.
The Golden Animals' brand of blues is built on austere beats, slide guitars and fuzzed-up vocals, here produced by Chris Cody (TV On The Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Massive Attack) and mixed by Thom Monahan (Pernice Brothers, Gary Louris, Devendra Banhart). It's the sound they were born to make - if you believe the fortune-teller whose mysterious predictions were the catalyst for the formation of the band back in the day when their worlds collided in a cozy European cafe, one very rainy evening.
The band's chief inspiration is the blues, be it the foundation blues artists of the '20s and '30s or the interpretations of the genre created by The Doors, Cream, Hendrix and The Rolling Stones. "Those early blues recordings are the fountain," they say. "Even in 200 years, people will find completely new ways to create all within those rules and algorithms."
The album was written in five months of total isolation while Tommy and Linda lived alone on a Californian desert ranch, visited only once a week by the owner of the land, a fellow '60s rock fanatic. In 115-degree heat, the duo survived on raw food and wrote and practiced whenever and wherever they wanted. "We were in a place that was dead as far as society was concerned and tremendously alive as far as pure nature was concerned," they say. "It was empty and quiet. There weren't any fast food places for 45 minutes in either direction, and the only sign of civilization was a lazy old freight train that would creep along in the distance."
A West Coast sonic breakaway from the modern California freak-folk scene, Golden Animals are a pure rock & roll duo with a full-blown classic sound that's bigger than their stripped-back gear should allow. This is the now scene, and where it happening. You'll find them on the path of the moonlight mile.
Free Your Mind And Win A Pony Track Listing:
1.The Steady Roller
2.Queen Mary (The Flop)
4.Try On Me
5.My My My
6.Follow Me Down
7.Turn You Round (Don't Let Nobody)
8.My Friend Bill
9.I Want You To Come
11.Darkness & Light