Calico Brothers | God Left Town

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God Left Town

by Calico Brothers

Chiming, 12 string soaked, adult pop music
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hundred and One
4:04 $0.99
2. God Left Town
4:33 $0.99
3. Do What You Have to Do
3:41 $0.99
4. Poor Little Girl
3:27 $0.99
5. Love You and Leave
4:25 $0.99
6. Blown Up Heart
3:29 $0.99
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Album Notes
Calico Brothers debut release, the six song 'god left town' EP, provides a blueprint for all that they hold dear in musical form.

Twelve string acoustics, slide guitar and drum sounds that would be perfect emanating from your AM radio on a summer night in 1976.There's no bludgeoning angst to be had from a Calico tune. The imagined California of their sound has no piercings or tattoos, it wears boot cut jeans, a full beard and is fresh from a holiday in England. It's happy to be where it is and even happier to have you along if you chip in for gas.

The songs here deal with the brink of a nervous break-up, girls in transition, a loss of faith and rock and roll cynicism. They say 'don't interrupt me while I'm dancing' but you can tell they'll still smell nice the next day. They're full of hooks aimed right for your ears and make you think the live version might really be something.

Recorded at the band's own Double Happy Studios, the songs took shape slowly after long Sunday dinners and short drives to Auckland's west coast beaches. Add the birth of a beautiful baby girl for singer Jimmy Calico to the mix and a wonderful time of family and creativity was the incubator from which these songs were hatched.

Three brothers, one cousin, one friend; all good...mostly.



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The Calico Brothers - Future Phenoms
The Calico Brothers don't have a website or a label and it's next to impossible to find a place to purchase their music. Those three things need to be rectified because these "three brothers, one cousin, one friend...all good (mostly) [who] sing, play instruments, record songs, sometimes play live, sometimes drink wine, watch TV, go to bed early, [and] swim at the beach in the morning," are seriously "choice."

You can find their song God Left Town on Westside Rules: The Outrageous Fortune Soundtrack (along with a bunch of other good tunes). Dunedin Music has a couple tracks on their site, including Poor Little Girl. And of course (thankfully) they have their MySpace page (below).

I really like what I have been able to hear. I can only hope that the Calico Brothers release some more recordings. I think they have the potential to get a wider audience, well beyond New Zealand. I wish them the best.

If you want to help these lads I did find an online venue where you can purchase some of their songs. I'm not sure if you have to be in New Zealand to make a purchase. I'll give it a shot later. If someone beats me to it let me know.

Thursday, January 17, 2008