Candy Golde Set To Kick In Some Faces At SXSW Debut

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If there is a must-not-miss show for Lonesome Onry and Mean at Austin's annual springtime musical clusterfuck next week, it's Candy Golde at Club Deville, 11 p.m. Friday night.

A scary-good Chicago lineup of grizzled veterans - Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos, Wilco's John Stiratt, and guitar heroes Rick Rizzo (Eleventh Dream Day) and Nicholas Tremulis (Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra), the band's new eponymous EP is some of the most no-nonsense, kick-you-in-the-face rock and roll we've heard in a while.

Candy Golde also contains the wickedest Paul Simon cover we've ever encountered.

"Yeah, Simon's version of 'Boy In the Bubble' is almost a kinda counter-intuitive performance vis a vis what's going on lyrically in that song," laughs Tremulis. "We 'jungled' it up pretty good, gave it that Hound Dog Taylor, Johnny Winter approach."

So how does one put a supergroup like this together?

"I did a couple of acoustic writer-type shows with Rick Rizzo and we hit it off," Tremulis recalls. "So we thought why not work up a couple of things to play together, and that seemed to click. So we thought we should record some stuff.

"I played on an Autumn Defense track with John Stirratt and I played with Bun E. several times, so it was really just a matter of making a couple of phone calls. You can do that in Chicago."

Candy Golde, "Galvanize Me"

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