Los Angeles, CA (Top40 Charts/ Durwood Official Website)
Los Angeles natives and local live favorite Durwood, fronted by duo Gertie Meza and Golda Inquito, will release their self-titled debut album on June 26, 2012. The album was co-produced by the band and musician/producer Glenn
Suravech (Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills
& Nash, Ben Harper, Dawes).
Inspired by Gertie and Golda's love for music as diverse as The Beatles, Simon
& Garfunkel, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Patty Griffin, Coldplay, Queen, Everly Brothers
and Etta James, the album presents an introduction to Durwood's unique vocal harmonies, impassioned songwriting and acoustic guitar driven sound. Recorded in Los Angeles, Durwood offered Gertie & Golda the opportunity to work with producer Glenn
Suravech and acclaimed musicians Shin Kawasaki (Bass, Electric Guitar), Abraham Kim (Drums/Percussion), and Marc Macalintal (Keyboard), among several other guest artists.
Durwood spins stories of loves won, lost, in progress and to be determined. In this debut collection, Gertie and Golda defy genre designation and deliver a sound that will appeal to a broad spectrum of listeners who are fans of country, indie, folk, rock and pop, to name a few.
From the sparse and deceptively simple acoustic guitar arrangements of the sad tale of Alone in Her Dream
and the tender lullaby Two Little
Lights, to the more epic rock/country flavor of Not So Far Behind and the '80s pop rock inspired Belle of the Ball - Durwood knows how to keep it interesting. Each track leaves you wanting more and wondering what's next. In a time with unlimited musical distraction where listening to individual tracks is the acceptable standard, Durwood is the kind of album you listen to from start to finish.
Gertie and Golda share lead vocal duties, occasionally singing in unison or harmonizing at key moments in each track. The duo's contrasting vocal styles hit full, perfectly textured harmony with Gertie's earthy and raw deliveries mixing with Golda's bright and sweet melancholy vocalization.
Perhaps due to the duo's distinct and very different personalities, Durwood is a collection of tracks that is both emotionally charged and playfully laid-back. "If you saw me and Gertie performing independently from one another, I guarantee you would not have put us together musically," Golda says. "I am influenced by pop, hip hop, country and R&B. I get a huge thrill performing on stage and interacting with the audience. Gertie tells me I am a 'social butterfly' - her nice way of calling me a ham, I'm sure. Gertie is so NOT that".
Gertie agrees. "I'm much more introverted than Golda. I'm laid back and enjoy observing people. I grew up listening to the Beatles, CCR, James
Taylor, Journey, the Eagles
and countless folk/singer-songwriters. I don't know 90% of the artists in Golda's music collection. And, as much as I love performing, I still get stage fright. That's the great thing about Golda and me - we balance each other out and bring out the best in each other, regardless of the differences."
Los Angeles-area fans can catch Durwood performing throughout the Southern CA area. For an updated schedule, please visit: http://www.durwoodmusic.com
The track-listing for Durwood is as follows:
"Not So Far Behind"
"Belle of the Ball"
"Alone in Her Dream"
"So I Pray"
"It's a Good Day"
"Falling to Pieces"
"Un Buen Dia"