Kallisti Gold was formed on the banks of the Blanco River in the beautiful Hill Country of central Texas. They are a 5 piece band mixed with solid percussion and bass, layered with acoustic/electric guitar and keyboards, and sprinkled with four-part harmony. Doesn’t that sound delicious? Mmm mmm! Kallisti Gold has been described as a unique blend of the Beatles; Crosby, Stills, and Nash; Bob Marley; Sublime; and Phish.
Having been widely publicized in various local periodicals; including the San Marcos Scene, University Star, and The Austin Chronicle, KG still maintains their casual, yet personable attitude.
KG released their debut album on September 9, 2006 and are well on their way to producing a second. The album features a dynamic lineup with titles such as, “The Garden,” “Lentamente,” and “The Sea.” “The Garden,” explores ambient melodies, while “Lentamente” is led by a driving downbeat. “The Sea” draws inspiration from Emily Dickinson and displays KG’s pensive side.
On the night of their album release, Lucy’s on the Square was filled to capacity, and KG greatly regrets selling out of cd’s and especially being forced to turn fans away. For those that managed to fight their way in, the headlining show was a dance party from beginning until close; and even then the crowed begged for more. Above all, Kallisti Gold prides themselves on their energetic and interactive shows that always get a crowd rocking.
Anthony Carlin - Bass, Vocals
Matthew Tolman - Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Paul Adams - Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Cory Johnson - Percussion, Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Jimmy Brettell - Piano, Synthesizers, Organ
Kallisti Gold EP (2003)
Kallsiti Gold [self-titled] (2006)
'Funkalicious' sound draws listeners to Kallisti Gold
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With song titles like “Dadi Gedum” and “Squay Dum” on their self-titled debut album, it’s no wonder ...With song titles like “Dadi Gedum” and “Squay Dum” on their self-titled debut album, it’s no wonder Kallisti Gold has a unique sound.
To commemorate the release of the album, a release party was thrown Saturday night at Lucy’s San Marcos that yielded tons of sweating fans shaking on the dance floor.
Music senior Matthew Tolman, who serves as a singer, guitar player and drummer for Kallisti Gold, shared his thoughts on the album that was almost a year in the making.
“It’s been a lot of hard work and I’m glad we finally have something to show for it. (The CD release party) was all I hoped for ... a huge turnout and I’m grateful,” Tolman said. “Since we started recording our band has grown and honed our sound. We are a live band and the album is a good representation of that.”
Choir education graduate student Adrian Reyes couldn’t get enough of the band’s blended sound.
“They’re fantastic and what I like best is they constantly switch the styles of music,” Reyes said.
Kallisti Gold band member and recent Texas State graduate Jimmy Brettell, who plays the keyboard and piano, was also in high spirits about the release.
“I’m undoubtedly excited because it feels like I have arrived in a certain spot where I can step back and look at a body of work and hopefully the momentum won’t go to waste,” Brettell said. “My main hope is that the album is somewhat accepted and liked by some people.”
The turnout at Lucy’s was an indication of how many fans the band has.
“They’re the best band I’ve ever heard in my life, a diamond in the rough,” said pre-communications studies senior Danielle Ruiz.
Interdisciplinary studies senior Griselda Ojeda has a special word she uses to describe Kallisti Gold, calling them “funkalicious.”
What differentiates Kallisti Gold from others is not only the edge they add to their musical style, but also their personalities that draw in their fans.
“They are amazing people and phenomenal musical geniuses. If you listen to what’s going on musically, it’s intricate and amazing,” said music senior Sarah Griffin.
Whether on or off the stage, Kallisti Gold behaves much like a family themselves, said Tolman.
“(In the band) there is good comradery,” Tolman said. “Three of us live together. We started living in the dorms together. We’re all best friends.”
As Kallisti Gold continues to make its mark on the San Marcos music scene, Tolman made a promise about the album to his fans.
“It sounds like something that’s never been put out here before in San Marcos.”
Originals: Church Gone
All I Need The Garden
Waiting For You All Away
Dadi Gedum Sarah
These Things The Sea
Wrong With You Squay Dum
Yeah Meaning To Life
Smoke Shakin' the Ground
Covers: Can't Get Next to You (The Temptations)
Love and Happiness (Al Green)
Soul Kitchen (The Doors)
Jump in the Line (Harry Belafonte)
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (Paul Simon)
Everybody's Got Something... (The Beatles)
I'm Only Sleeping (The Beatles)
Hey Bulldog (The Beatles)
Helter Skelter (The Beatles)
Gz and Hustlas (Snoop Dogg)
New Mother Nature (The Guess Who)
Bron-Y-Aur Stomp (Led Zeppelin)
War (Bob Marley and the Wailers)
Waiting in Vain (Bob Marley)
Extacy (Barry White)
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