ACL Preview: Spanish Gold

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Spanish Gold is a collaboration between half of Austin’s Best Power Couple, Adrian Quesada, drummer Patrick Hallahan from My Morning Jacket and Dante Schwebel, who is the guitarist and lead singer and formerly of Hacienda. Adrian spent more than a decade with Grammy-winning Austin favorite Grupo Fantasma, and now also plays with Brown Sabbath, in addition to other projects. Spanish Gold made its first radio appearance at this year’s South by Southwest, and released its debut album, South of Nowhere, on May 27th.

You can catch Spanish Gold on the Samsung Galaxy stage on Saturday, October 4th and 11th from 12:30-1:30pm (and at the Waterloo Autograph Tent from 2-2:30pm on both Saturdays).

Spanish Gold

We had a chance to ask Adrian Quesada about performing at ACL, who he’s looking forward to seeing and how to nurture his creative spirit in the midst of half a dozen side projects.

LiveMom: How would you describe Spanish Gold’s sound? Who are your musical influences?

Adrian: The easiest way to describe it would be rock and roll. The term “indie rock” has seemed to be losing all its meaning and other things may start to sound pretentious so let’s say rock and roll, we wear that proudly!
AdvertisementLiveMom: How did you come up with the name for the band?

Adrian: We were originally called Spanish Bombs (after a Clash song) and even played a couple of shows under that name but had to change the name for legal reasons. We were coming up with long lists of stuff that had similiar ring to it and tried to keep Spanish in there…as I was writing down ideas my wife Celeste shot “Spanish Gold” out and we all dug it.

LiveMom: You were in Grupo Fantasma, one of Austin’s favorite long-running bands, and now you are in Spanish Gold and Brownout, as well as numerous side projects? How do you keep all the balls in the air and, at the same time, nurture your creativity?

Adrian: It can be a bit crazy and never-ending at times but really being able to be in a few different bands that play different kinds of music can be a blessing as it keeps it from getting dull and keeps me on my toes.

LiveMom: What other bands are you most looking forward to seeing perform at ACL?

Adrian: There’s tons of great bands – I’m hoping to be able to catch Beck, Temples, Ana Tijoux, Outkast…really there’s so many it’d be hard to catch everything on my list. The highlight of our festival experience will realistically probably culminate wildly at the Austin Kiddie Limits stage with our two kiddos!

Keep up with Spanish Gold on the band’s website. You can also keep up with Adrian’s projects on his website and Brownout on its website.

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A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 10-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau's words, her mission is to "suck out all the marrow of life", or in her son's words, to cultivate in him a love of "advenchers".

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