The Main Street Gospel is a Columbus, Ohio based band who mix psych-infused classic rock with dusty country vibes and dirt-stained blues. The band was born in 2005, when Barry Dean–former tambourine shaker for the Brian Jonestown Massacre–began writing songs with longtime friend Ryan Ida. Together with Evangelos Arakas on guitar and Christian Pierce on drums the band has a strong sense of understanding and respect for the true roots of rock n' roll. Their sound recalls elements of folk giants CSNY and Neil Young, while at the same time retaining the modern aesthetics of revivalists like The Black Keys.
Dean grew up around music, as his grandfather was a touring and recording guitarist for acts like Roy Rogers & The Sons of the Pioneers and The Georgia Crackers. It’s safe to say that passion for country music was passed on to his grandson. Ryan grew up listening to Hank Williams and Bob Dylan and also paved his musical path early on.
To date, The Main Street Gospel have played several shows with like-minded bands such as Dead Meadow, Naam, Mondo Drag, Hopewell, Floorian and fellow Ohioans Buffalo Killers.In early 2008, the trio mobilized themselves to Akron Analog Studio in Akron, Ohio to record what would become the band’s first 7" single. ‘All Your Love Is Gone’ b/w ‘Who Shot You Down’ was recorded and engineered by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, whose influence certainly resonates. While the songs are decidedly stripped-down in essence, they still manage to accomplish a big, layered sonic delivery.
The Main Street Gospel's debut album is 11 tracks of cool, driving rock n' roll titled Love Will Have Her Revenge and is available now on Tee Pee Records, sure to please bluesy alternative country, classic rock, and psych fans.
The Main Street Gospel:
Barry Dean - Vocals, Guitar
Ryan Ida - Bass
Evangelos Arakas - Guitar
Christian Pierce - Drums, Percussion