Sasquatch have returned to wreak havoc with their own explosive brand of rock and roll. The band was formed in Los Angeles in 2001 by Philadelphia transplant Keith Gibbs (guitar, vox) and Detroit natives Rick Ferrante (drums) and Clayton Charles (bass). Upon Clayton’s departure in 2007, the guys recruited Chicagoan Jason Casanova (ex-Tummler, Volume) to join the fold. Drawing on influences from 70's metal, rock, and psychedelia, the band falls somewhere between an amalgamation of Black Sabbath, old Soundgarden, Deliverance-era Corrosion of Conformity, Mountain, and a bastardized version of Grand Funk Railroad. Their songwriting approach is clear; keep the focus on the hook.
The band’s new album “III” is set to be released on Small Stone Records in March 2010 and marks the beginning of a new chapter for the band. While this record continues to showcase their signature sound and technique, the production is bigger and the songwriting is more refined. Combining the simplicity of their Small Stone debut, “I” (released in 2004), with the melodic undercurrent of “II” (2006), they still manage to capture the raw essence that won them their moniker. The record also features a compelling guest appearance from Monster Magnet’s own Ed Mundell.
The band’s music has been featured on a variety of movies and television shows including the reissue of Clerks, Jersey Girl, FX’s original hit series Sons of Anarchy, CW’s The Supernatural, and MTV’s Viva La Bam, Bam’s Unholy Union, and Rob and Big. They can also be heard on a number of video games including NHL 2005, American Chopper, and Monster Garage. Over the years, Sasquatch has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Blue Cheer, Fireball Ministry, Nebula, Unida, Solace, Roadsaw, Fatso Jetson, and Yawning Man among many other heavy hitters in the genre. Playing in such good company and performing at many of the larger annual rock festivals stateside (including SxSW, CMJ, and SHoD), the band has grown from a local heavy favorite in Southern California to garnering interest and praise from audiences overseas.
Sasquatch aren't much on ceremony. When the amps are on though, they are a sight to behold. Like the mysterious creature in the wooded north, keep an eye out for their third release out soon on Small Stone records.
released 20 April 2010
Keith Gibbs: Guitars, Vox
Rick Ferrante: Drums, Percussion
Jason Casanova: Bass, Paperwork
Produced, recorded, and mixed by Benny Grotto at Mad Oak Studios, Allston, MA.
Additional Mad Oak recording by J. Saliba.
Leads and additional vocals on “Took Me Away” and “Whatcha’ Gonna Do” recorded by Be Hussey at Comp-ny in Burbank, CA.
Mastered by Chris Goosman at Baseline Audio Labs in Ann Arbor, MI.
Design and Layout by Joey Toscano.
Cover photography: Nathaniel Malmrose, Susan Malmrose, Dillon Hall.
Live band shots courtesy of Mariana Oz at Hellfire Red, Karen at Rockframe, Phil Reyes at Co)))re, Alric Kazor, and Yvonne Foronda.
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