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Passionate, hot, searing hot and then, ssssh, romantic.
Saturday, 04.08.2012, 21:21
oh what a night...
Brian Lopez (USA)
Desert rock as fine or finer as anything is sweeping into our island and on to our never deserted stage...
He's the particular dark horse in this particular and very crowded rat race called the US indie music scene. Brian Lopez hails from Tuscon, Arizona, one of those musical hotbeds - we're sure you've heard about Calexico and Giant Sand, to name just a couple of bands. Bands, by the way, this 28-year old has been connected with in his past.
Desert rock as fine or finer as anything is sweeping into our island and on to our never deserted stage, let's hope. Bewitching ingredients for this magic event are angel choir voices, americana soul and a spicy hot shot of flamenco. Lopez' touching debut «Ultra» can bring any appendix between the top of your cranium and the tip of your little toe into excited and swinging mode, thanks to his brilliant voice and organic sound which includes refined, subtle strings and culminates in 11 booming, powerful songs. Recorded live with a 6-piece band that was working with violin, cello, accordeon, bass and lap steel pickin' guitar - even the added churchbells are real. Passionate, hot, searing hot and then, ssssh, romantic. Hey, even Roy Orbison, RIP, may well get coaxed down to attend this feast from the ultimate Hall of Fame just for this one night.
Because of his wonderful sense of humor, Brian Lopez could be called the «Latin Jeff Buckley» and he looks like a cross between rauceous Arthur Lee, (1945 - 2006, Memphis) frontman for the US psychedelic rockband Love and suave guitargod Jimi Hendrix  (1942, Seattle - 1970, London). He calls his uniquely personal sound «retro-psychedelic chamber pop with a rattler thrown in». A snake charmer then, magically blowing hot new life into the quasi living or the quasi dead.
When he was leading the eccentric rock band Mostly Bears (Somewhere situated musically between the Pixies and Radiohead), Brian was a cult icon in the mecca of live-clubs, Tuscon, AZ and has been one of the fan favourites on the local station KXCI and the show «Locals only». A great Beatles fan, his conservative upbringing incited his rebel spirit to learn and cover all their songs on a crappy Fender Squier but his true love dates back further to good old rock'n'roll, using the idioms of both Elvis and Richie Valens.
So catch this particular dark horse when he'll be pounding the pine of our stage. Brian Lopez ain't gonna be there just to show and place. He's gonna be with us to win.
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