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Dischi Dischi 10 luglio 2008 10 July 2008
The Shanghai Gesture: Mojo Pagoda (Miracle Lane) The Shanghai Gesture: Mojo Pagoda (Miracle Lane)
Enrico Amendola Enrico Amendola
Non so come questo album sia giunto in redazione per quanto è difficile recuperarne informazioni esaurienti anche in rete. I do not know how this album has come to the office as it is difficult to retrieve comprehensive information in the network. A dire il vero non sono riuscito nemmeno a trovare un il sito dell’etichetta che lo pubblica (non credo nel vecchio continente comunque) e, a parte il myspace, dei The Shanghai Gesture non mi resta che il disco. To be honest I could not even find a site that publishes the label (I do not believe in the old continent anyway) and, apart from the myspace, from The Shanghai Gesture not only remains for me the disc. Ero indeciso sul parlarne in questa sede vista la difficile reperibilità, ma la freschezza delle canzoni mi ha convinto che una mensione sulle nostre pagine sarebbe stata un giusto premio per la band di Atlanta. I was undecided on the talk here view the hard to find, but the freshness of the songs I was convinced that a size on our pages would be a just reward for the band in Atlanta. Il background dei componenti del gruppo è di tutto rispetto, solamente il chitarrista-cantante Ray Dafrico ha aperto concerti per band del calibro di Ramones, The Clash, REM, flaming Lips, The Replacements, solo per citarne alcuni. The background of the group is highly respected, only the singer-guitarist Ray Dafrico opened concerts for bands like the Ramones, The Clash, REM, Flaming Lips, The Replacements, just to name a few. L’esperienza accumulata negli anni ha giovato alla riuscita finale, praticamente è come ascoltare i Rolling stones sotto l’influenza dei Kinks, o meglio dei Beach Boys meno drogati. The experience accumulated over the years has benefited to the final success, is almost like listening to the Rolling stones under the influence of the Kinks, or better than the Beach Boys less doped. Direi che “freschezza” può definirsi la parola che più si adatta a queste canzoni che non solo si lasciano ascoltare piacevolmente, ma inducono anche una sensazione di adrenalinico buonumore, prova evidente che la band è riuscita in pieno nello scopo che si era prefissato. Say that "freshness" can be defined the word that best suited to these songs that not only can be heard nicely, but also induce a feeling of adrenaline sociable, evidence that the band has succeeded in full in order that it was intended. Il miracolo della musica pop: nel 2008, con la semplicità di due chitarre un basso ed una batteria è ancora possibile, se non sorprendere, divertire il proprio pubblico senza fronzoli, tempi dispari e trovate pseudogeniali. The miracle of pop music: in 2008, with the simplicity of two guitars and a low battery is still possible, if not surprise, amuse their audiences without frills, odd times and found pseudogeniali. Sarebbe bello vederli live e se per una serie di positive congiunzioni astrali dovesse capitare l’occasione, sarebbe delittuoso mancare all’appello. It would be nice to see them live and for a number of positive astral conjunctions comes the chance, would fail to crime.
- Vitamin C


The Shanghai Gesture, fronted by long-serving Atlanta musician Ray Dafrico, makes a shivery swirl of power pop, glam rock and New York punk, then garnishes it with a sliver of garage-y darkness. Former Nightporters and Kathleen Turner Overdrive member Dafrico is joined by drummer Mike Davis, former Catfight bassist Katy Graves and, most recently, keyboardist Lorin Milk. Sample tracks from the band’s album “Mojo Pagoda” at their MySpace page. - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


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"Mojo Pagoda" 9 Song CD 2007 on Miracle Lane Records

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The Shanghai Gesture is the latest band from Atlanta guitarist/singer/songwriter Ray Dafrico. As founding member of The Nightporters, Shades of Shame, Kathleen Turner Overdrive and Kickstand, he has years of experience, opening for the likes of The Clash, REM, The Ramones, The Replacements, Joan Jett, Richard Hell and many others. He has also recorded with Peter Buck, Rob Fraboni and Brendan O' Brian, and has earned himself a reputation for writing upbeat, hook filled, to the point pop songs that still maintain an edge and are deeply rooted in rock and roll tradition. One review described Dafrico's songs and performance "like Keith Richards fronting The Kinks and a little Brian Wilson thrown in as a sweetener. He has also been called by one Atlanta writer as a "Nose on a stick"... Pretty deep stuff. Atlanta native and drummer Mike Scoop Davis has been playing with drums alongside Dafrico in Kickstand since 1999. A Bob Dylan and Tom Petty fan, Davis provides a foundation for the band and as a newspaper reporter, gets to witness various courtroom dramas and crime scenes. The occasional finding of a dead body provides the drummer with really cool stories at band practice. Our newest member is bassist Katy Graves, who was in Atlanta's all-girl sensations, Catfight! She comes equipped with brand new groove tubes for her giant SVT and can quote lines from any of The Kissology DVD's. The Shanghai Gesture's combination of influences from various 60s British invasion bands, punk, psychedelia, soul, 70s rock, glam and folk, topped with great musicianship and a sense of humor make them a unique creative rock and roll band in a time when it seems like that is getting to be few and far between.