Nashville's Great Peacock explores a decidedly rustic take on classic rock and folk-rock -- their approach blends these sounds with the histories of the blues and country music to create a hybrid that speaks to their colossal influences even as they pull them apart to see how everything fits together.
With the combined might of singer-guitarist Andrew Nelson, guitarist Blount Floyd, drummer Nick Recio and bass player Frank Keith IV, the band impresses with its devotion to the layered rhythms of Americana. They are carrying on some deep traditions while also challenging the expectations of this rural genre.
The band is getting ready to release its latest record, "Gran Pavo Real," on March 30 via Rope-a-dope. It was recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium by Dexter Green and and features bass work from My Morning Jacket’s Tom Blankenship.
For their latest single, "Rattlesnake," they deliver a blues-inflected charger that highlights their '70s rock inclinations as well as their ability to meld various sounds into a coherent burst of textured noise. As guitars shift and squeal, the band digs into themes of addiction and consequence, of things that consume and drive away the light. There's a spry lift, though, that keeps the song from floundering in maudlin sentiment and gives it the necessary emotional weight to pull off this intimate and ocassionally barbed introspection.