The Damngivers are an Americana flavored band with good hooks, folky and introspective lyrics who can flat out rock, whisper, jam and induce lasting memories.
Their music is familiar, rootsy and comfortable. Lead singer/songwriter Gerry Gomez calls on sober-minded realism to examine the personal, social and political of today, and delivers the package with a sonic pallet similar to Wilco, Ryan Adams, Paul Westerberg and Neil Young.
Gomez walks the line of a cynic with a romantics' heart, akin to a songwriting Jon Stewart. He pens lines like, "Your mouth doesn't know what your mind oughta." Or, "Sometimes we say stupid things, like I love you," He can mine his soul and detail heartache with empathy, comment on working class strife, pine about baseball, or object life's inequalities. He writes of the American experience.
In addition to guitar, bass and drums, the Damngivers create their own sense of place with embellishments like pedal steel guitar , percussion, and the manically expressive guitar stylings of Mike Salas – all-in-all suggesting a kinship with AM radio of the ‘70s and the singer-songwriter genre.
Our debut is out now and available at www.cdbaby.com/damngivers
Gerry Gomez - Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Mike Salas - Electric Guitars
Patrick Slade - Lead Guitar
Mico Olmos - Bass
Mike Cusick - Drums
Eddie Gomez - percussion and Backing Vocals
John Phinney - Pedal Steel Guitar - occasionally
5 songs recorded in June 2010.
Released independently and available at www.cdbaby.com/damngivers
Produced by Anthony Arvizu who's produced Ryan Bingham's Mescalito and Roadhouse Sun. Anothony's also worked with Marc Ford of the Black Crowes, Phantom Limb, Band of Heathens, Jonny Burke and many other great soulful and organic sounnding projects - ours included.
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:45 Min Set List
1) Your Mouth Doesn't Know What Your Mind Oughta
2) What Nots
3) Plan On Me
4) Working Class Stiff
5) Why You Were Blue
6) Stupid Things
7) The Angler
8) Outta Touch
9) Lift Me Up
10) Kelly Leak