Los Lobos Set For Release Of New Studio Album “Gates Of Gold” September 25 On 429 Records
Los Lobos, the Grammy winning East L.A. legends comprised of David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano and Steve Berlin, are back with an all new full length studio album, “Gates of Gold,” which will be released September 25th on 429 Records.
“Gates of Gold” is their first collection of new songs since 2010, the album was produced by the band who continue to hone their multi-faceted sound and fresh storytelling. The 11 tracks showcase an iconic American band that remains as dynamic, eclectic and distinctive as ever. Their songs are snapshots of true life moments with themes ranging from the immigrant experience in America to melancholic ruminations on impending mortality. Thoughtful, darkly romantic and spiritual lyrics are enhanced by slow burning blues rock, impressionistic soul, traditional Mexican folk music or straight ahead garage band jams.
In addition, a new biography of the band, “Los Lobos—Dream in Blue” written by Chris Morris—was just released by the University of Texas Press.
Los Lobos – Gates Of Gold
Label: 429 records / Proper Records
Release: 25 September 2015
“Gates of Gold” Track Listing:
Made to Break Your Heart
When We Were Free
Mis-Treater Boogie Blues
There I Go
Too Small Heart
Poquito Para Aqui
Gates of Gold
La Tumba Sera El Final
Song of the Sun
I Believed You So
Los Lobos were already East L.A. neighborhood legends, Sunset Strip regulars and a Grammy Award winning band (Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance) by the time they recorded their major label debut How Will The Wolf Survive? in 1984.
Although the album’s name and title song were inspired by a National Geographic article about real life wolves in the wild, the band—David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano and Steve Berlin—saw parallels with their struggle to gain mainstream rock success while maintaining their Mexican roots. Perez, the band’s drummer, once called their powerhouse mix of rock, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues and traditional Spanish and Mexican music “the soundtrack of the barrio.” Three decades, two more Grammys, a worldwide smash single (“La Bamba”) and thousands of rollicking performances across the globe later, Los Lobos is surviving quite well — and still jamming with the same raw intensity as they had when they began in that garage in 1973.
Gates of Gold, the band’s new studio album on Savoy / 429 Records, their first in five years, is an American saga in the rich literary tradition of Steinbeck or Faulkner. Uplifting, hopeful and whimsical, the music touches their diverse musical potpourri, evidenced by the title track, “Mis-Treater Boogie Blues,” “Poquito Para Aqui.”
Produced by Los Lobos, Gates of Gold will be released on September 25th, the night the band will perform at The Beacon Theater in New York City’s Upper West Side.
Gates of Gold follows Disconnected In New York City, a dynamic live album that marked the band’s 40th anniversary and launched their new association with 429 Records.
Listen now to the titel track:
Los Lobos heeft hun 40-jarige jubileum gevierd met twee live releases, maar nu is het tijd om weer vooruit te kijken. ‘Gates Of Gold’ is het eerste nieuwe studio-album in vijf jaar voor de hard werkende Mexicaans/Amerikaanse Roots-Rockers. Natuurlijk zorgen David Hidalgo, Louis Perez en de mannen met hun immer dynamische songwriting nog steeds voor een enerverende mix van Rock, Tex-Mex, Country, Folk, R&B, Blues en traditionele Spaanse en Mexicaanse muziek om hun ‘soundtrack of the barrio’ gestalte te geven. Maar ook tekstueel valt er weer veel tegenieten gezien de bedachtzame romantische en spirituele visie in de literaire trant van William Faulkner en John Steinbeck die dit album tentoonstelt. Vier decennia, twee Grammy’s, het wereldwijde success van ‘La Bamba’ en duizenden optredens verder, heeft de band nog niets van zijn rauwe intensiteit verloren.