THE LONG-AWAITED DEBUT ALBUM FROM VOCALIST/SONGWRITER THADEUS GONZALEZ. UTOPIAN SOCIETY.
Oakland-based vocalist/songwriter Thadeus Gonzalez is, according to critics, "a frontman to watch." He provided lead vocals to the Bay-Area rock band Straggler, but it was with Electric Sister and with its debut record, that he earned accolades from Blabbermouth ("a definitive rock 'n' roll voice") to Metal Kaoz ("arena looking/sounding attitude"). The band opened for Motley Crue and Kiss, Slash, and Black Label Society. An excellent songwriter and guitar player in his own right, Thadeus parted ways with the band to write and record his own melodic rock debut record, and collaborate with some of the best in the business.
The 11-track collection showcases influences from classic rock, metal, punk, and ‘90s alt.
“The Nude Land” opens the record with aggressive rock bombast, also demonstrated in the title track. It moves into alt tracks like “Your Needle Scratches My Vinyl” and the punk influenced “Literally.” While the lyrics are evocative and unusual, Gonzalez’s unique writing style is most evident in the sexy, moody “Our Connection” and the vulnerably revealing ballad, “White.”
With Electric Sister, Gonzalez enjoyed critical acclaim from not only the release of THE LOST ART OF ROCK & ROLL, but also supporting gigs with KISS/Motley Crue, Slash, Black Label Society, and Danko Jones. While proud of what the band was able to accomplish independently, Gonzalez felt it was time to both showcase his own songwriting and guitar work (both of which are notable), as well as be open to working with other artists and spending much more time on the road.
Supporting him in the recording were musicians with diverse and credible pedigrees. Dennis Hill (Face to Face) contributed lead and rhythm guitars and backing vocals, Scott Shiflett (Face to Face, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes) added additional lead guitar, Pete Pacheco (Electric Sister) was on bass and backing vocals, and Nathan Walker (Lit) handled drums.
UTOPIAN SOCIETY TRACK LIST
The Nude Land
Your Needle Scratches My Vinyl
Change the Locks
Bonus Track : Collide
All the tracks on UTOPIAN SOCIETY were written by Thadeus Gonzalez, with Dennis Hill co-writing “Literally.” Hill (Hagar/Satriani, Lit, Good Charlotte) produced with Kyle Homme (Matt Costa, Sugarcult, Reel Big Fish) recording and mixing at The Lodge.
UTOPIAN SOCIETY is available on iTunes, Amazon, and other online retailers and at the artist’s site, thadeusgonzalez.com.