The Main Street Gospel is a Columbus, Ohio trio who mix psych-infused classic rock with dusty country vibes and dirt-stained blues. The band was born in 2005, when Barry Dean-former tambourine shaker for the Brian Jonestown Massacre-began writing songs with longtime friend Ryan ‘Tito’ Ida. Adam Scoppa joined the band on drums the following year.
Dean grew up around music, as his grandfather was a touring and recording guitarist for acts like Roy Rogers & The Sons of the Pioneers and The Georgia Crackers. It¬ís safe to say that passion for country music was passed on to his grandson. Tito grew up listening to Hank Williams and Bob Dylan and also paved his musical path early on. Scoppa takes his back beat cues from vintage Chicago blues and ’60s garage.
Together, the band has a strong sense of understanding and respect for the true roots of rock n¬íroll. Their sound recalls elements of folk giants The Byrds and Neil Young, while at the same time retaining the modern aesthetics of revivalists like Spacemen 3 and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
To date, The Main Street Gospel have played several shows with like-minded bands such as Dead Meadow, Hopewell and fellow Ohioans Buffalo Killers.
In early 2008, the trio mobilized themselves to Akron Analog Studio in Akron, Ohio to record what would become the band¬ís first 7″ single. ¬ëAll Your Love Is Gone¬í b/w ¬ëWho Shot You Down¬í was recorded and engineered by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, whose influence certainly resonates. While the songs are decidedly stripped-down in essence, they still manage to accomplish a big, layered sonic delivery.
The Main Street Gospel’s debut album will be 11 tracks of cool, driving rock n’ roll titled Love Will Have Her Revenge, sure to please bluesy alternative country, classic rock, and psych fans.
The Main Street Gospel:
Barry Dean – Vocals, Guitar
Ryan ‘Tito’ Ida – Bass
Adam Scoppa – Drums, Percussion
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