It’s National Guacamole Day!
Get ready to celebrate with this new CD, Chips and Salsa! Whip up the guacamole and chips and enjoy the rhythms and rhymes of this energertic band, Rolie Polie Guacamole. We especially like Always Brush Your Teeth, Bird Bellyful and Red Light Green Light. The title song Rolie Polie Guacamole is a blast! These guys are having a lot of fun and invite you to browse the menu for delicious enchiladas, tacos, and burritos to go with that guacamole! Yummy songs and salsa…what a delicious combo!
The CD is released on September 25th. Thank you to Waldmania PR for my preview copy in exchange for this review.
Here’s more from Waldmania PR:
‘CHIPS AND SALSA’
ROLIE POLIE GUACAMOLE
“The beauty of Brooklyn’s Rolie Polie Guacamole is that, while they write gentle indie rock about looking both ways before crossing the street and eating well, they do it in a funky, catchy way that’ll stick in adults’ and kids’ heads.” — Raleigh News & Observer
“Rolie Polie Guacamole sings about the world to brighten children’s eyes.” — Providence Journal
“The bestest kindie rock band in town.” — New York Parenting
BROOKLYN, NY — Holy Guacamole! The award-winning kindie music titans of Brooklyn are back! Rolie Polie Guacamole is set to dish out some ear spice for families everywhere with the September 25 release of their fifth album, Chips and Salsa.
Rolie Polie Guacamole lays claim to being one of the hardest working bands in kids’ music, and that just might be true. They’ve released four albums and played well over 1,500 shows nationwide since hitting the boards with their first performance in 2007, receiving top picks from Boston.com, Time Out NY Kids, and Time Out Chicago. (It must be in the genes, for founding band member Frank Gallo’s dad is none other than veteran kids’ musician Lou Gallo.)
Winner of the prestigious Parents’ Choice® and NAPPA Awards, Rolie Polie Guacamole has developed a smart, parent-friendly musical style that dresses up original tunes and classic covers with vibrant harmonies and deft instrumental layers, plugging in a sizzling electric current of rhythm that lights up lyrics humming with relevance and humor.
Produced by the acknowledged wizard of the kindie mixing board, Dean Jones, and featuring a stunning roster of guest artists that includes The Chapin Sisters (Abigail and Lily Chapin, daughters of Tom Chapin), Jen Chapin (daughter of Harry Chapin), Mike Dillon (Primus & the Chocolate Factory, Les Claypool, Ani DiFranco), and Amelia Robinson (Mil’s Trills), as well as singer/songwriter Katie Mullins, Chips and Salsa continues the Rolie Polie Guacamole tradition of bouncy, fun, high-energy songs all done up in folk, funk, rock, Latin and country styles, about eating healthy, staying active, and places the band loves to go, with a sprinkling of animal tunes thrown in for good measure.
Album highlights include the jovial, Latin-flavored “Rolie Polie Guacamole,” “Always Brush Your Teeth,” which showcases Frank Gallo’s smooth vocals, the wildly rocking “The Mantis,” and a one-of-a-kind take on Woody Guthrie’s classic “This Land Is Your Land.” Listeners will note influences ranging from Primus, Ween, and Pink Floyd to The Beatles and Boards of Canada.
Wrote Trevor Gage of Boston’s WERS-FM, “When you think of kids’ music, what do you see? Freddy Spaghetti? A jaded hipster in a colorful costume alluding to some bizarre form of Brazilian anime? Rolie Polie Guacamole skips stones over those clichés and splashes onto the scene with a technically savvy and imaginative sound that speaks to children and reminds their parents of the golden age of 1990s music. Rocksteady, ska, pop punk, and grunge all make appearances in the liner notes that accompany Rolie Polie Guacamole’s catalogue.”
Enthuses Frank Gallo, “Chips and Salsa is the culmination of nearly a decade that Rolie Polie Guacamole has spent developing the very best family program possible. We consider this album to be our crowning achievement. It’s a fun, rocking good time for all, and we hope it really blurs the line between great kids’ music and great music, period.”
The son of actress Kate Vereau and musician Lou Gallo, Frank Gallo received his SAG card at the ripe age of two, appearing in commercials and in Nickelodeon’s Pete and Pete, Prince of Tides, Scenes from a Mall, Mighty Aphrodite, House of Buggin, and Six Degrees of Separation. By the time he reached middle school, Frank had phased out acting and started his own band. He recorded his first Buy Wellbutrin (Bupropion) online album when he was 15 and has continued to produce records ever since.
Andrew Tuzhilin’s parents moved to the U.S. from the former Soviet Union. Andrew grew up in the New Jersey and New York suburbs, attending Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge, New York, and Fair Lawn High School in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, where he met Frank Gallo. In 2006, after study at Boston’s famed Berklee College of Music, Andrew joined Frank in Brooklyn, where they wrote the first batch of songs for what would become Rolie Polie Guacamole. Fellow Berklee students Christian McCarthy and Peter Barr later became band members.
Rolie Polie Guacamole features: Frank Gallo, vocals/guitar; Andrew Tuzhilin, bass/vocals; Peter Barr, drums; and Christian McCarthy, guitar.
Previous Rolie Polie Guacamole releases include Triathlon (2014, Parents’ Choice Fun Stuff Award®), Houses Of The Moly (2012, Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award®, NAPPA Honors Award), Time For Hummus (2010), and Rolie Polie Guacamole (2008).
Chips and Salsa will be available at www.roliepolieguacamole.com, CDbaby, iTunes, and other digital retailers.
CD Details: Chips and Salsa
Release date: September 25, 2015
For ages 2 – 7
Label: Rolie Polie Guacamole
Running time: 37 minutes
Rolie Polie Guacamole – Performance Highlights – Sept. – Nov.
Sept. 26 – ShapeShifter Lab – Album Release Party! – Brooklyn, NY
Oct. 3 – Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place – New York, NY
Oct. 10 – The Spot Underground – Album Release Party! – Providence, RI
Oct. 26 – Palisades Center – Costume Party! – West Nyack, NY
Nov. 1 – Jalopy Theatre – Costume Party! – Brooklyn, N
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