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Gary Lucas & Gods and Monsters Score at SXSW
Here's some press reaction to Gods and Monsters most recent gig (3/19/05) at South by Southwest in Austin Texas!
from Hotwire Japan, excerpt:
Extraordinary guitarist Gary Lucas who's based in NY had a good concert. Lucas made his name as a guitarist of Captain Beefheart, and has taken part in many projects, also covering Chinese and Middle Eastern music, so he has many unique ideas and thoughts. Gary and Gods & Monsters helped shape Jeff Buckley's talent into something brilliant, and Buckley's solo album included co-written songs by Lucas. Lucas brought down the new talented guest singer Michael Schoen for this SXSW, he covered Buckley's songs "Mojo Pin" and one more. Bass: Ernie Brooks (Modern Lovers) Drums: Billy Ficca (Television). Lucas is also a song writer, and has co-written with David Johansen of New York Dolls. Lucas has played in Japan before in 1996, and plans to return again.
from the LA Daily News, excerpt:
There was also the wonderful counter-balance of seeing (at a nonfestival event) ex-Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen Bill Kirchen referencing virtually every well-known guitar riff of the last half-century ("Rebel Rouser," "Secret Agent Man," "Smoke on the Water," etc.) in a sizzling version of the twang-busting evergreen "Hot Rod Lincoln"—and, later in the day, watching onetime Captain Beefheart aide de camp Gary Lucas extracting the sounds of the spheres out of his dazzling Stratocaster with his open-ended jazz-rock-whatsis band, Gods and Monsters.