Electric Literature Presents: The Golden Palominos’ first show in over 20 years

Haven’t pulled out The Golden Palominos in some time, but there is proper cause with them reuniting for the first time in two decades to perform at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge on Friday May 7th. The show will feature the “Syd Straw era” Palominos, which spanned the years 1985-1987, during which time the band recorded the albums Visions of Excess and Blast of Silence.

Anton Fier:
“In the words of the late Michael Bloomfield….this is the thing of this gig: There were five different versions of The Golden Palominos. This gig represents version two which spanned the years 1985-1987…with a bit of cross-over into 1988. Most people remember this version and these years as the Syd Straw era. This version made two records, Visions of Excess, and Blast of Silence. This was also the only version of the Golden Palominos that attempted to be a live, touring rock band…this is where we cut to the present…I am generally not the nostalgic type or one to look back…and in the past 23 years since the last Golden Palominos live gig I have never before considered reviving a past version, but recently I heard Syd sing and I was struck by the beauty of it… and wanted to work with her again….so we’re giving this a try here and if it’s fun and exciting for us we might consider doing it again on a more full time basis in the fall…so this is an experiment…to see if it is possible to go back in order to go forward…”

The line-up for this show will be:
Syd Straw – Vocals
Jody Harris – Guitar
Jim Campilongo – Guitar
Tony Maimone – Bass
Anton Fier – Drums
with special guest Robert Kidney – Vocals and Guitar

The Golden Palominos are the baby of New York drummer/producer Anton Fier. The Palominos were a loose collective of musicians who made eight albums between 1982 and 1996. Collaborators have included Arto Lindsay, John Zorn, Fred Frith, Michael Stipe, John Lydon, Syd Straw, Richard Thompson, Peter Blegvad, Carla Bley, Jack Bruce, Bernie Worrell, Lori Carson, Bootsy Collins, and Nicole Blackman and many others alongside the constants of Bill Laswell and Nicky Skopelitis.

They will join local rockers The Wingdale Community Singers, with author Rick Moody on guitar and vocals, as well as The Walking Hellos, featuring Myla Goldberg (best-selling author of Bee Season) on banjo and accordion, who will debut their new CD.

The event is presented by indie publisher Electric Literature to celebrate the release of their newest anthology.  Ticket info here.


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