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posted Nov 7, 2014, 10:07 AM by Vu Nguyen
Fly Golden Eagle's Quartz is a 26-song epic, a collection of songs that join together to form a narrative arc describing a story that is sometimes vulgar, sometimes profane, and sometimes beautiful. The album lines up with the groundbreaking 1973 film The Holy Mountain, an avant-garde masterpiece directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky, produced by The Beatles' manager Allen Klein, and funded by John Lennon and George Harrison.

 

Founding band member and lead signer Ben Trimble found himself inspired by the film while writing the material that would become Quartz. It was not a given that the music and the movie would run in tandem, but as Trimble continued to write the through-lines of both works matched up, leading to an inspirational set piece of visuals, music, and story.

"I wanted this album to be a real reflection of the whole band effort, of the vibes of us playing together," said Trimble. "I want people to listen to it and be able to feel the chemistry."

 

These combined efforts are certainly evident in the overall power of the record that also translates to Quartz Bijou, a 12-song abbreviated version of its originally intended 26-track version, Quartz. Bijou ebbs and flows seamlessly; it's a deeply satisfying stand-alone musical effort, with the bonus realization that there's more to be heard and experienced.

 

Fly Golden Eagle recorded the majority of the record with Andrija Tokic in The Bomb Shelter and played on some of the most significant albums representing the new Nashville sound, including Benjamin Booker, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Majestico and Alabama Shakes. They have also toured with Alabama Shakes and other acts including Dr. Dog, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, the Arctic Monkeys and more.

 

Coming off of summer festival performances at Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, the band is now on the road with rollicking rock quartet J. Roddy Walston & The Business. Following tomorrow night's album release show at LA's The Satellite, the band will also cap off the tour with two hometown events, the first of which will be a free screening of Jodorowsky's "Holy Mountain" synched up to the listening of Quartz at Nashville's Stone Fox on November 14th and a performance at the Queens Art Collective on November 15th with other local favorite, Clear Plastic Masks.

 

But whether live or on record, Fly Golden Eagle's music is a ride and it's one that you should take as often as you can, with the volume turned up. Just say yes to the question posed in slinky seduction of "Horses Mouth:" "I'm never bending to the imitations/ Why don't you come and take a trip with me?"


Tour Dates

 

11/6 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair#

11/7 - New York, NY - Stage 48#

11/8 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of Living Arts#

11/14 - Nashville, TN - Grimey's In-Store Performance

11/14 - Nashville, TN Stone Fox (FREE Film Screening!)

11/15 - Nashville, TN - Queen Ave Art Collective (w/ Clear Plastic Masks, The Paperhead & Chrome Pony)

12/6 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club w/ Trombone Shorty

 

# = with J. Roddy Walston & The Business

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