The Grand Slambovians AKA Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams has been called “the hillbilly Pink Floyd,” which is an apt description, particularly if you throw in elements of Incredible String Band, Neil Young, The Band, Dylan, and maybe even some Frank Zappa as well.
Upon returning from the U.K. fall 2010 where they spread their contagious brand of quirky Americana from Glasgow to Penzance, the band completed work on their critically acclaimed soul stirring fourth studio album, “The Grand Slambovians.”
Joziah Longo, (lead singer/songwriter for the band) describes the new collection of songs as – “A more extreme dose of what we’ve always been – a country prison music meets British invasion type of thing”. For the uninitiated, the band has an all over the map melodic avant folk style. They may term it ‘Hillbilly-Pink Floyd’ and they do have an air of both Floyd and maybe Bowie at times, atop their folkcountry roots but it’s done with a warmth and comfort of a mystical Nebraska or poetic Crazy Horse.
Equal parts Washington Irving and Woodstock, the band taps a broad palette of styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to huge Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems, playing art school roots rock and sometimes folk and quirky Americana.
They possess an exotic instrumental arsenal (accordion, cello, mandolin, theremin) in addition to standard rock regalia.
Joziah Longo – vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
Tink Lloyd – accordion, cello, theremin, piccolo, ukelele, bg vocals
Sharkey McEwen – slide guitars and mandolin, bg vocals
Eric Puente – drums