"Another Summer Of Love" coming soon.
The second album from GospelbeacH continues to deftly honor the grand tradition of West Coast rock and roll. This time around it's more 70's FM rock than 60's AM gold, more cosmo than country with a theme of timeless love.
Straightforward, inviting songwriting and singing by Brent Rademaker (a founding member of Beachwood Sparks).
Warm classic production and tight harmonies once again by guitarist/vocalist Jason Soda. Recorded in Los Angeles at Palomino Sound, Jason's new 1970's vintage artisan recording studio. Third GospelbeacH core member Jonny Niemanns cascading piano, organ and mellotron fill out the albums rich sound.
In the tradition of the Troubadour scene of the 1970's Another Summer of Love features some of the GospelbeacH friends and Los Angeles's finest players and singers including, Pearl Charles, Miranda Lee Richards, members of Wilco, Mapache, Eels, and pickers from the Grand Ole Echo.
The album artwork features reflective photography by GospelbeacH guitarist/singer Neal Casal and Allah-Lasdrummer Matthew Correia.
- May 19 - 21 @ Hipnic IX — Big Sur, CA
- June 9 - 10 @ Huichica Festival — Sonoma, CA
- August 17 - 20 @ Green Man ’17 — Brecon Beacons, Wales UK
GospelbeacH is a new band formed by Brent Rademaker of Beachwood Sparks and former Sparks drummer, Tom Sanford. The band includes Neal Casal (of Ryan Adams & The Cardinals) and Jason Soda on vocals and guitars, Kip Boardman (vocals, bass), with a guest appearance by Nelson Bragg (vocal harmonies).
Beachwood Sparks debuted in 2000, with a collection of songs on Sub Pop Records that couched the band in 1960s’ Laurel Canyon country-rock of The Byrds, and the cosmic country of Gram Parsons and the Flying Burrito Brothers. With Rademaker at the helm of this new band, GospelbeacH continue to draw connections between the country-rock and pop on their debut album, Pacific Surf Line. – WXPN
As the aural waves break and the tide recedes we’re rewarded with songs celebrating California’s frontier spirit and the cornucopia of friends and adventures that come with a life largely spent on the road. Over the span of 40 minutes, one sun kissed cut after another radiate brightly as the band barrels down the rocky coastline into the ethers of steam, salt, fog and grass. – AQUARIUM DRUNKARD
Pacific Surf Line has the feel of guys playing the music they want to play and having a blast doing it. Between the band members’ musical history, their band name and the album’s title and cover art, you kinda get the idea: this release is a whole lotta fun 70’s California FM rock with healthy dollops of folk, country and psychedelic. A perfect dose of musical sunshine for these dark days of winter. – Aaron “Neddy” Stein / JAMBASE
The lineage of kaleidoscopic California folk-rock could hardly have meandered into better hands than those of GospelbeacH…. – BUZZBANDS LA
A musical homage to those who came before them, namely another of LA’s adopted sons, Gram Parsons, but also a cosmic American nod to other beacons of decades past, like the "Pacific Surf Line," which is the name of the album and of an old railroad route that traveled the California coast.
Needless to say, this album is sunny and breezy and many other adjectives you could associate with SoCal, but it’s also surprisingly sparse at times, letting the vibes flow through individual leads. – Shirley Halperin / 89.3 KPCC
A laidback homage to the sounds of Marin County and Topanga Canyon, jangly! – UNCUT
GospelbeacH’s debut LP Pacific Surf Line reminds the listener that there is still stardust to be found in the search for the endless summer. The perfectly dosed tracks here toe the line between hippie sunshine daydream, Sunset Strip wooziness, and high-and-lonesome sadness. – LA RECORDS
More refined nods to the Flying Burrito Brothers twang that informed Rademaker’s former group, Beachwood Sparks. – MAGNET
The lineage of kaleidoscopic California folk-rock could hardly have meandered into better hands than those of GospelbeacH, the all-star quintet whose members boast resumés longer than a hippie’s hair. At the center of the spinning wheel is singer-guitarist Brent Rademaker (Beachwood Sparks, the Tyde, Further), who last year began jamming with former Beachwood Sparks bandmate and drummer Tom Sanford. Guitarist Neal Casal (Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Furthur) joined in, and then guitarist Jason Soda (Everest, Watson Twins) and bassist Kip Boardman (Watson Twins). GospelbeacH’s debut album “Pacific Surf Line” (an homage to steamer trains of the California coast) sounds like the sum of all those parts — bluesy folk with a sunny disposition. And a cockeyed Grateful Dead smile, if you will. – EARS WIDE OPEN
With the buoyant, country-influenced sound of Beachwood Sparks in mind, these musicians clearly clicked in the studio… – NPR's WORLD CAFE
Pacific Surf Line comes barreling down the tracks carrying the five bandmates’ rich individual histories. But its most precious cargo is the effortless creative rapport that’s forged these five diverse individuals into a vibrant musical community. – GLIDE MAGAZINE
This is much more than a case of Beachwood Sparks Mach II, with everyone else on board providing valuable contributions that give this the sort of communal feel that you'd associate with the vintage San Francisco scene. – THE ACTIVE LISTENER
Touching not only on country-rock, there are regular forays into sunshine-pop, soft-rock and beyond. – SHINDIG!
The group's debut album Pacific Surf Line builds on the California folk-rock tradition, with a side of blues and some seasons of psychedelia. – RELIX
Maybe I just have The Grateful Dead on the brain since the band played their final reunion shows last weekend, but their influence was the first one I could hear in the initial bright hiccups of GospelbeacH’s debut song “Sunshine Skyway.” It’s the first-ever for the group, who largely rose from the remnants of Beachwood Sparks, adding one of that group’s biggest fans Neal Casal (of Ryan Adams and the Cardinals) in the process. The group’s debut album is called Pacific Surf Line in keeping with the the beachy, bright theme, and the band features the following members: Brent Rademaker (vocals, guitar), Tom Sanford (drums), Jason Soda (vocals, guitar), Neal Casal (vocals, guitar), and Kip Boardman (vocals, bass), with guest appearance by Nelson Bragg (vocal harmonies). “Sunshine Skyway” courses with the warmth of frontman Rademaker’s home state Florida — and his adopted home California — and the easygoing nature of communities that revolve around water, beaches and sunlight. The album title itself serves as something of a tribute to the timeworn Santa Fe Railway, the historic old train line down California coast that’s now been replaced by the Pacific Surfliner. – Caitlin White / STEREOGUM
Along with singer/guitarists Neal Casal and Jason Soda, bassist Kip Boardman and drummer Tom Sanford, Rademaker’s again making a sleepy (stoned?) version of folk-rock structures that’s somewhere between kaleidoscopic alt-country and the times when the Grateful Dead decided to color within the lines. – SPIN