Staking their claim as the new heavyweights of rock & roll’s modern-day renaissance, the Tennessee quartet Naked Gypsy Queens have announced ‘Georgiana,’ their debut EP, out February 11th via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group. Rooted in amplified blues, hard-charging grooves, and dual lead guitars, the band builds upon the larger-than-life sound of their heroes from the 1960s and ’70s, keeping the flame burning for old-school hard rock while using their own 21st century fuel. Listen to the raw, riff-based lead single “Down to the Devil,” released today. ‘Georgiana’ will be available in LP and digital formats. The digital version will include a live bonus performance of the title track, “Georgiana.”
Formed while all four members were still in high school, Naked Gypsy Queens built their audience the blue-collar way: by plugging in, turning up, and playing out. They cut their teeth on the classics — the Rolling Stones, MC5, the Allman Brothers, and Pink Floyd — and funnelled those influences into their own songs, creating an original sound that was loud, aggressive, and filled with supersized hooks. After developing a loyal following in their hometown of Franklin, TN, they set their sights on Nashville, quickly becoming one of the city’s premiere rock acts before any of the bandmates had turned 20 years old.
“Our goal was to become the baddest live band around,” says frontman Chris Attigliato, who shares guitar duties with Cade Pickering. “We were loud. We were a band you had to see onstage. It started to become a cult thing, with lines forming around the block at some venues. We weren’t trying to achieve the highest number of digital streams; we were just doing what we wanted to do, and making the music we wanted to make. As it turned out, we were pushing some buttons, too.”
With ‘Georgiana,’ the band confidently steps into the international spotlight. These songs mix southern-fried swagger, electrified stomp, and sharp songwriting into five unique anthems, showcasing the chemistry between Attigliato, Pickering, bassist Bo Howard, and drummer Landon Herring. “Georgiana,” released earlier this year, is a barn-burning anthem punctuated by slide guitar and thundering drums, and “Wolves” is a guitar-driven blast of minor-key bombast. Rounded out by the dynamic power ballad “If Your Name is New York (Then Mine’s Amsterdam)” and the thumping “Strawberry Blonde #24,” ‘Georgiana’ shows the full range of Naked Gypsy Queens’ reach. It’s a snapshot of a band on the rise.
The band recorded ‘Georgiana’ in Detroit, working with studio veterans Marlon Young, Al Sutton, and Herschel Boone. Looking to capture the high-octane energy of their acclaimed concerts, they knocked out each track in a series of live takes. Meanwhile, legends like Alice Cooper and MC5’s Wayne Kramer stopped by the studio throughout the tracking process, strengthening the bond between Naked Gypsy Queens and the rock icons who came before them.
“We’ve got an older sound, mixed with something new,” says Howard, who remembers stumbling across Attigliato and Herring in the basement of the boys’ Tennessee high school, bashing their way through Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” with beyond-their-years skill. “From the first time I met these guys, I knew I had to play with them. I knew we could make music that drew in other people our age, while still appealing to those who grew up with this kind of music.”
With a sound that reaches across generations, Naked Gypsy Queens bridge the divide between the genre’s past and future, creating timeless rock & roll for the modern world. Led not only by Chris’ soulful howl, but also the sonic punch of a taught rhythm section and the interlocked riffs of two lead guitarists, Naked Gypsy Queens are royalty in the making.