The WESTERNMENTAL SOUND!! NEW CD release, "Derangers: The Legend of Daphne Blue" releases March 1 2014 on Deep Eddy Records! http://www.deepeddy.net/artists/derangers/
One hot Saturday afternoon in 1988, blues guitarist Drew Townson, then freshly relocated from Dallas to Boston, was laying on the couch nursing a hangover. He was watching the "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" on TV. The music in the classic Italian Western caught Drew's attention, big time. He jumped off the couch, grabbed his Stratocaster, and began playing in a whole new way. That moment changed Drew's musical direction forever. By 1989 he had started a band called the Derangers (rhymes with "strangers"), dedicated to playing spooky instrumental themes, encompassing Spaghetti Western, Surf, Spy-Jazz and more. The first original recording by The Derangers was a cinematic western called "Rio Sangre," which was internationally hailed as a standout track. By the early 90's film directors like David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino were also exploring this haunted, reverberant sound in their movies. Drew had always been a fan of original Surf-guitar kings like Dick Dale and The Ventures, along with Duane Eddie and other twangy guitarists, so it was only natural to combine all these influences in to the Derangers' "WesterMental" sound. With Drew's Strat a-blazin' the trio gigged, toured and recorded from 1990 to 2000, Now, after a decade of dormancy, those bad bandidos are BACK! Hide the women and lock up the tequila - The Derangers Ride Again!