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Mcleod Ganj

Mcleod Ganj

Mcleod Ganj


The name inspired by a trip to the former hill station of the British Raj at Dharamsala, India, Mcleod Ganj is a hard-rocking quartet that conjures the best of 1960s and 70s rock ’n roll. The ferocity of Led Zeppelin, the bluesy, slashing guitar attack of the Rolling Stones and the unparalleled pop sensibilities of the Beatles are all heard in this power-trio-with-vocalist lineup that joins two New Yorkers with two natives of Birmingham, England. Read more on Last.fm
The name inspired by a trip to the former hill station of the British Raj at Dharamsala, India, Mcleod Ganj is a hard-rocking quartet that conjures the best of 1960s and 70s rock ’n roll. The ferocity of Led Zeppelin, the bluesy, slashing guitar attack of the Rolling Stones and the unparalleled pop sensibilities of the Beatles are all heard in this power-trio-with-vocalist lineup that joins two New Yorkers with two natives of Birmingham, England. Mcleod Ganj was born when Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based musician, producer and engineer Christopher Walsh asked ex-bandmate Shane to contribute backing vocals to his album, New Sounds, No Time. Shane, an outstanding, powerful singer/instrumentalist, was taken with the recordings and insisted Walsh form a band to perform it.

Shane enlisted fellow Birmingham native Derek Finan, a veteran of bands including Bigmouth (Wild Pitch) and Vic Thrill, while Walsh recruited multi-talented musician Kieran McGee, an extraordinarily talented young singer/songwriter with three albums of his own, to play bass. The band, performing under Walsh’s name, played several gigs in and around New York City in 2006. Shortly before his extended trip to India, they were asked to play at the Block Island Music Festival, yielding a memorable performance and growing buzz about the savage, intense renditions of New Sounds, No Time by the powerful new band. Following Walsh’s Indian expedition—which also included stops in Rishikesh, site of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s now-abandoned ashram; Ladakh, in the far-northern Jammu & Kashmir state bordering Tibet; and a music shop in New Delhi, where he acquired a sitar and other instruments—the band reconvened in his new recording/rehearsal studio in Williamsburg’s Northside Music Complex.

In July 2007, the band commenced recording of its eponymous EP, a blistering twenty minutes of rock ’n roll featuring four original songs and a searing cover of “We’re Gonna Groove,” perhaps best known as one of Zeppelin’s early concert favorites. The original songs—“Blows Your Mind,” “Hindsight,” “Shadows in the Sun” and “My Everything”—encapsulate the many influences of the band, all of which coalesce to create a unique, driving sound unlike any of today’s manufactured bands and American Idols. Mcleod Ganj is the fourth release on Walsh’s C-Doobie Records, which showcases talented guitar-driven rock ’n roll bands including Travis McGee & the Revelers and Hunting Bigfoot. Contact: rain@c-doobie.com Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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