We’re stoked to be co-presenting this show with our good friends at Cumberland Village Works…
Vancouver Island original blues-rockers, The Deep Sea Gypsies, bring their driving, psych-blues show to the Waverley, Saturday February 28.
Born in a modern era with vintage dreams, The Deep Sea Gypsies offer a sound that is all their own, playing an original innovative combination of 60’s psych blues rock, 70’s southern rock and hip hop. Strongly influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin (watch for the tattoos), Rory Gallagher, Muddy Waters, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, the homage is fierce and true.
Loke Webb and Johnny Regimbal, the band’s song writers, vocalists and guitarists, bring their messages of life and love to the forefront. With hip-hop stylings and smooth, bluesy choruses over shredding riffs and incredible solos, they bring a unique combination to the stage. Greg Moore drives a solid back end on the drums with classic, John Bonham-like rolls, while bassist, Marty Boggs, fills in the groove with his fast paced licks and energetic stage presence.
About the hip-hop element of their music, Webb says, “While we are moving away from the heavy Hip Hop influence these days, it will still always have a role in what we do–accenting or supporting Johnny’s vocals. I always thought it was interesting the way groups like The Roots and Rage Against the Machine combined rap with live instrumentation. There is big potential to add so much more dimension to a topic of a song when you have two mediums to deliver your message lyrically.”
Hailing from the south end of the Island, the Gypsies have previously visited the Comox Valley as featured acts at Rock The Block, Rhythm on the Rock and Elevate Arts Festivals – rocking out the latter on the riverside at Cona Hostel was a particular highlight. They have been heard lately on The Goat 98.9 FM here in the Valley, and were recently a featured GO! Interview on Shaw TV.
The Deep Sea Gypsies are almost ready to release a second 6-song EP; a follow-up their 2013 debut EP, recorded at Baker Studios in Victoria under the talented hand of producer, Brandon DeLyzer. They offer free downloads and listens to new work on their website, www.deepseagypsies.com and regularly update more than 1500 fans on facebook.
Accompanying the boys on this trip are Band of Rascals, also from Victoria – self-described as “some of the finest foot stompin, hoot’n n holler’n, hoe down, craze driven, tasty blues born rock n roll that you’ll find this side of the country.” Band of Rascals just released their debut EP and won “Band of the Month” on Victoria’s The Zone radio… celebrating with an opening spot for Jesse Roper at Sugar Nightclub to rave reviews.
Tickets are just $12 in advance, $15 at the door and are available at Bop City Records, The Waverley Hotel and online at gigtix.ca (some small fees apply). Presented by Tinshack Creative and Cumberland Village Works.
The Waverley kitchen is open til 10pm – so come early, carb-load for a night of hard dancing and get ready to join the Gypsy tribe. The Rascals hit the stage around 10pm.
DSG’s lead guitar & vocalist, Johnny Regimbal, will also be performing a solo acoustic show at the White Whale on Friday Feb 27 – if old school blues and slide guitar are your thing, you’ll want to check that out.
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