Gringo Rock!

To listen to the rest of the album go to CDBaby and iTunes (also available on all streaming services).

Born in a hut in the hills of North Carolina and cultivated into a jagged beauty by the city streets of Atlanta to shine like a flashlight throughout the multi-verse….  or something like that.

Gringo Rock! is my alternate ego heavy metal band created to showcase the many hard rock songs I have in my unreleased inventory.  Most of these songs were written and recorded during my 365 Song for 2010 blog when I wrote, recorded and blogged a song every day that year.  Hence, the slight sloppiness of the collage of distortion drums and bass (I performed most of the takes on drums, bass and guitar in one take).

The topics of the songs range from rude, thoughtful to hilarious.  Comedy seems to be my default, so there are lots of funny songs on the record including “Heavy Metal Nice Guy”, “That’s Bad Ass”, “I Remember You in High School” and “History of Deviant Behavior”.

There are also some legitimate metal entries as well such as “Walking in Molasses” and “Momentous Lapse of Reason” .  Not to neglect my other default, there are also some funky tunes like “Things We do for Money” and “Your are Here”.

Overall, my personal favorite is the opening number “The Best Offense is a Bad Defense”.

Gringo Rock! Cover

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Welcome to Chris Cates.com. I'm an old school independent artist with lots of albums, songs, solar panels etc. This site tries to encapsulate what it is I've been doing since I played my first professional gig at 13. I post a song of the day occasionally from my somewhat excessive original song catalogue and I'm constantly recording new material when I'm not building solar farms, trying to play golf or tennis or taking care of my new twin girls.

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