‘Sleepwalker’ by Mac Gollehon & The Hispanic Mechanics | New Album, ‘Bite of the Street’
Exclusive video premiere of ‘Sleepwalker’ by Mac Gollehon & The Hispanic Mechanics, taken from the upcoming album, ‘Bite of the Street,’ out September 29th via Nefarious Industries.
The video for ‘Sleepwalker’ was filmed by Tyler Adams in Staten Island, New York and by Michael Baumann in Pound Ridge, New York, directed by Mac Gollehon, David Brenner, and Michael Baumann, and edited by David Brenner. Mac Gollehon writes, “’Sleepwalker’ is a chronic, full-time, sleep-deprived soul, who is more than willing to share his fondness for time distortion with all who listen.”
The new Mac Gollehon & the Hispanic Mechanics LP, ‘Bite Of The Street’ is an explosive, groove-saturated party album that slams both feet to the gas pedal from its opening notes and never lets up. Fusing heavy soul and jazz with Latin dance grooves, synth-drenched dirges, a multi-percussionist attack, and more energy than a supernova, the six movements showcase Gollehon’s searing brass attack, with stacks of layered and intertwined trumpet igniting every moment of the album.
Recorded before the Covid pandemic, ‘Bite Of The Street’ was fully written and arranged by Mac Gollehon, and sees him performing trumpet, keyboards, and scat vocals. He’s joined by Eric Klaastad on bass, Jeanne Carno on drums, and Ismael Sanchez performing additional percussion. Engineer Adan Perez supplies additional keyboards on ‘Coming At You,’ Ariel Lawler supplies background vocals on ‘Sleepwalker,’ and David Brenner (Gridfailure) provides sound effects on ‘Souled Out’.
‘Bite Of The Street’ was recorded and engineered by Adan Perez (Ruben Blades, Marc Anthony, Romeo Santos, Dave Valentin, Tito Nieves, Giovanni Hidalgo) at Allerton Studio in the Bronx, and Dan Grigsby (Joe Cocker, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Sting, Kool & The Gang, Keith Richards) at SAE Institute of Technology in Manhattan, and mixed and mastered by Bruce A. Miller (Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart). The record is completed with photography by Tyler Adams, and layout/design by David Brenner and Greg Meisenberg.
A hometown release show for Bite Of The Street has also been confirmed. They will play The Hard Swallow in NYC’s East Village on Tuesday, September 26th, just a few days before the LP drops. Watch for additional live outings connected to the album to post shortly.
Gollehon has also recently recorded contributions for multiple underground acts’ upcoming albums, including Thetan, S.C.R.A.M., Altars Of The Moon, and labelmate Gridfailure, all of which will be released over the next few months.
Mac Gollehon has toured the planet and has played on thousands of records, including over two-hundred gold and platinum albums since the 1970s, including his decade-plus run in Duran Duran. He’s widely known for his mainstream contributions on chart-topping albums including Onyx’s ‘Slam,’ Blondie’s ‘The Hunter,’ David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance,’ Billy Ocean’s ‘Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car,’ as well as records from Madonna, Hall & Oates, Chaka Khan, Buddy Rich, Al Jarreau, Sheena Easton, Nile Rodgers, Patrick Adams, Mick Jagger, Grace Jones, Hector Lavoe, and hundreds of others.
While Gollehon continues his popular session work, since the late 1990s he’s also been creating more experimental solo albums, including collaborations with harsh experimental outfit Gridfailure, live performances with Omar Edwards and the Jazz Gypsies, and his ever-morphing Mac Gollehon & the Hispanic Mechanics project.
Nefarious Industries will release the ‘Bite Of The Street’ LP on Black Vinyl and all streaming platforms on September 29th. Find pre-orders where the ‘Souled Out’ and ‘High Drama’ videos are playing here.
Headline photo: Tyler Adams