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Dagga Goo

by Slushbox

the debut from the "discover us, discover yourself" band that delivers fresh messages about the natural world in quirky upbeat pop songs, and flaunting their green colors to celebrate the energy of thriving vitality. Slush does emerge from the box.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. Dry Spots
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2. Pomegranate
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3. Sunshine Superman
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4. Tomato
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5. Octopus on Broadway
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6. Messages
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7. Rust
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8. Bitter Pill
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9. One-Celled Animal
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10. Dagga Goo
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11. Track 11
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12. Pomegranate - For You!
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This is the album that started it all for Slushbox.
Their signature green color and their upbeat, quirky-pop sound is in its full regalia.

Slushbox is the "discover us, discover yourself" super-sonic rock band, known for being fresh, eclectic, and kinetic.

“Dagga Goo” is the first full-length CD, released by Slushbox with mixing and synthesizer additions on the title track by Mike Bacich, of Oingo Boingo fame. The songs have a sense of fun and artistry often compared to The B-52s, but with a 21st century freshness! The jury is still out as to whether the title is a noun or a verb.

This album delivers original and very catchy phrases to sing in the shower; while encouraging healthy lifestyles.
Songs like: “Tom Ate a ‘Tomato’” and “Don’t Take Your ‘Pomegranate’ for Granted” offer nutrient rich, good-green-fun suggestions, and pulsate with solid rock intensity, and flamboyant spectacle. These songs are balanced with more serious subjects like the imagery in "Rust" about the over-consumption perils in modern times, "Cargo is blocking our horizon, thrift store shelves are overstocked" an editorial on how literally their home base Long Beach, California is plagued by ocean freight ships. And "Messages" offers some consolation on the subject of air pollution and chem trails, singing "Daybreaks and sunsets invite another view".

And, about the mysterious "Track 11"
A sociological soundscape journey featuring sounds of Long Beach, California.
“Track 11” is literally the eleventh track on the CD “Dagga Goo”, by Long Beach band, Slushbox.
During production of the CD, the band’s desire to add something unconventional to the package inspired their epic “Track 11”. They repurposed the first 10 songs into a soundscape collage, as a reprise to the album. First, each song was remixed to exclude the lead vocal, then fragments were selected and purposefully muddied. These selections were melded together to create a pallet upon which to display collected sounds. The resulting sonic journey includes sounds unique to the Long Beach experience, ala early 21st century consciousness.

Slushbox puts on great concerts, makes records, and also produces comedy vignettes, available on YouTube, adding another dimension to their dynamic appeal.

“A meticulously crafted brand of supersonic rock bodaciously mixed
with loads of purposely muddy electronic-generated sounds...healthy,
refreshing, slushy-punkish...from the transcendental to the apparently trivial
sometimes all within the same line.” Sergio Martinez, SOCAL Magazine

“The intergalactic rock band that crashed your pool party.”
Jonathan Kramm, Express Jet Magazine

“The best thing I’ve seen come out of Long Beach in a long time.”
Jerry Lee, Tinderbox Productions

“A seemingly innocent quirky pop trio with messages about survival of the species.”
Steve Irsay, Gazette Newspaper




And here is the earlier history, for digging deeper.
Millions of years ago, a magnificent green ray of light came out of the sky down to Earth. Filled with other-worldly powers, it remained dormant until one dark night, a few friends saw a green glow beneath the desert sand.
The green power was released to them and Slushbox was formed.
Now Slushbox, a super-sonic rock band powered by the green light, races through the galaxy in a tomato spaceship.

They survive on an ample supply of pomegranates and the love of those they meet along their journeys.

Their mission is to visit other worlds and share the stories of their intergalactic expeditions with grooves and melodies,
and prospecting the idea that the galaxy always has the cure.

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PRESS RELEASE
Slushbox, Truly Green

Just take a look at their new CD, “Dagga Goo”, and you will see that rock band Slushbox honors green. The entire CD package is BRIGHT green. Songs such as “Dry Spots”, “Messages”, and “Rust”, express wonder of the great outdoors and environmental and social awareness. “One-Celled Animal” and “Octapus on Broadway” are whimsical celebrations of creatures rarely seen but always around. “Tomato” and “Pomegranate” confirm that lyricist/singer Sharon Giarratano is a disciple of farmers’ markets, and she offers, “All of the songs were inspired by observing Nature, and come from my reverence for the natural world”.

You are invited to ponder the meaning of the title track “Dagga Goo” which features synthesizer work and production by Michael Bacich of Oingo Boingo fame. And don’t miss the recycled eighteen minute reprise “Track 11” offering a trip not unlike the Beatles “White Album” but on the green side. You can find more about Slushbox and their ultra bright
greenaliscious rock and roll CD “Dagga Goo” at: www.slushbox.net

early days article, below:

The Hot And Heavy Songs Of Slushbox

Author: Steve Irsay
Date: July 18, 2005
Publication: Downtown Gazette, The (Long Beach, CA)
Page: 29

When singer Sharon Giarratano and guitarist Mark Wheeler began performing 12 years ago as a punk-folk duo, they co-opted their first initials into the cheeky stage name S&M. Soon, they added a drummer and the trio became known as, well, 3sum. Now the double entendre-loving duo is back as the creative nucleus of an avant-pop outfit called Slushbox (whatever that really means...).

All this innuendo of course begs the question: are these two unassuming Belmont Heights artist-types really this kinky?

“What does it sound like to you?” New Orleans native Giarratano cooed with a verbal wink-wink, nudge-nudge. “All the connotations could flyŠ or not.”

Giarratano and Wheeler delight in keeping folks guessing with double meanings, from the naughty band names to their own are-they-or-aren’t-they relationship status. (Friends? Lovers? Bondage buddies?).

Now they are toying with duality musically in Slushbox, a seemingly innocent quirky pop trio with some serious messages about environmental deterioration and survival of the species.

“I don’t want every song to be a downer,” Giarratano is quick to add. “A lighter sound and presentation seems to appeal to a lot of people.”

Credit for the band’s Oingo Boingo meets B-52’s bounce goes to Wheeler, a largely self-taught player who coaxes beautifully off-kilter colors from his guitar courtesy of his own super-special alternate tuning that lets him shift seamlessly from rumbling rhythms to singing melodies.

“I dabble in sounds and sound textures,” he said. “I am sort of creating things by ear.”

With drummer Terry Frost nailing things down with a rhythmic pound, Giarratano slides in with a soaring Exene Cervenka minus the pitch problems delivery. A recent graduate of UCLA Ethnomusicology program, she intersperses her socially conscious lyrics with intermittent electronic blips and percussive splashes.

“I am the slushy part of the music — I dabble in a lot,” she explained. “Mark and Terry are the box. It’s hard to put slush in a box without it leaking. But that is what we are trying to do.”

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Shannon

amazing CD, Sharon's singing is super
The music is great and we love to sing along. I brought it to and played it at a party and the host never gave it back!! Time to buy another one... or two, for the next party.
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Jacob

Love those fun songs and the Donovan cover
Really fun stuff, and what a surprise with "Sunshine Superman", but next time more cowbell! Pomegranate, Tomato, Octopus are sooooooo whacky cool!
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Stella & Kevin


Love the CD almost as much as we love you guys! It rocks! Awesome, crazy, funky, fun and we are proud of you! I forwarded the site to all my friends....Stella
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Nick


Slushbox, come to NYC
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