Track Premiere: Indie-rock Brilliance from Tucson’s La Cerca

La Cerca

Currently topping the BLURT playlist of essential album advances… Sunrise for Everyone LP arrives in July via Fort Lowell label (link below).

By Fred Mills

The name of the band is La Cerca, they toil under the bad crazy desert sun of Tucson, Arizona, and I’m proud to say that I’ve been a fan of frontman/songwriter Andrew Gardner for some time now (dating back to when I lived in Tucson in the ‘90s). So when word arrived that the group was prepping a new album, Sunrise for Everyone, for a July 29 release on NC’s Fort Lowell label (which also used to be based in Tucson), you can bet I was stoked get a listen to an advance of the music. Viva la Old Pueblo. Viva La Cerca.

I’m equally pleased to be able to unveil key tracks “Weather Festival” and “Sorry XO” for our readers, with the former also available as a free, exclusive-to-BLURT, download: “Weather Festival MP3

Gardner told me a little about the album, noting, “When we started to make Sunrise For Everyone, we wanted to make something that sounded big, but had gentle aspects, a calm, wonder, regret and optimism. The themes are about ordinary aspects of life in the desert. Strange weather it is, sometimes unbelievable and unpredictable, sometimes the most beautiful, harsh and very difficult.”

Indeed. More to the point, Sunrise for Everyone is a remarkable musical achievement, and not just for Gardner’s evolution as a songwriter. Here I betray my own knowledge of his roots, since we used to swap ideas, passions and influences back in the day, hanging out at a local record store and at club shows; but I suspect he won’t mind the “betrayal.” Gardner is a deep-roots lover of the global indie-centric music revolution stretching back to mid ‘80s Flying Nun bands (and certainly even further back, to the Velvet Underground milieu… should we also hoist a salute to Australia’s Go-Betweens as well, hmm?) and the then-concurrent rise of Amerindie college rock that made that era so fertile; his grasp of the jangly/strummed guitar imperative, and the psychological oomph of a well placed soaring chorus, not to mention emotionally pungent lyrical twists of fate, is inspiring.

Of “Weather Festival,” Gardner adds that it’s “another song about young love. I didn’t have a car any longer so I would ride my bicycle to my girlfriends house, but I got caught in the rain and the long distance riding was difficult to keep up, especially when the monsoons would hit and I was caught somewhere in between. You can hear a thunderstorm at the break of the song with the hollow body electric guitar storming and crying. It’s about more than just that, it’s layered with emotions.”

In addition to Gardner, the band currently includes Bill Oberdick, Chris Pierce and Roger Reed; a host of Tucson notables also appear on the album, which was produced by Gardner and Jim Waters at the well-known Waterworks West studio in Tucson.La Cerca CD 7-29

Incidentally, you can pre-order Sunrise for Everyone from Fort Lowell at http://fortlowell.blogspot.com.

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