** Sensations to perform at San Francisco's Noise Pop 2006 Festival **
**Band sites influences as sight, sound, smell, taste, touch and feelings **
Listen to my shapes. A tactile invitation to an elevated pop consciousness offered by this brainchild of singer/guitarist Greg Loiacono, best known for his frontline role in California Soul institution, The Mother Hips. Sensations move with the natural grace of Roy Orbison, and Buddy Holly & the Crickets infused with '70s power trio muscle. Formed in the summer of 2003, they bounce hard like the Soft Boys/Robyn Hitchcock, My Morning Jacket and '60s British Invasion greats. In Loiacono's words, it's "a macho/sensitive music that explores modern day psychedelia and the feelings of body and heart."
Bringing in a wealth of road won experience, Loiacono, abetted by bassist Paul Hoaglin (Mother Hips) and drummer Todd Roper (ex-Cake), Sensations rescue pop music from the slagheap of today's charts, returning it to the cerebrally breezy tradition of the Kinks & Hollies. What's more, they build on that darkly tuneful legacy. Not merely nostalgic recreationists, Sensations breathe creativity & sonic verve into every crevice of this lean, punchy marvel.
Rarely does anything this openhearted come packed in such dense, heady rockin'. Their debut album, Listen To My Shapes, released on May 23, 2006, was recorded in close quarters at Hoaglin's house in Northern California on a wonderful old 8-track tape machine with a ghost in it. Sensations understands the compact power of song, playing like a singles band where the only criterion for airwave dominance is beauty, truth and charm. Sensations possesses all in spades.
"One of the finest Bay Area bands to emerge in the last year. The band plays inspirational guitar rock in the vein of Muswell Hillbilly era Kinks, Thunderclap Newman, The Byrds and sometimes Simon & Garfunlkel. Listen To My Shapes has a fresh modern approach to garage rock that meets the psychedelic harmonies of the British Invasion complete with clever lyrics and strong melodies. This band is the real deal." -MESH MAGAZINE
"Slashing guitar style and bone-dry rhythmic attack, as well as impossibly swinging, all of these cats have golden pipes and provide multi-harmonies to accompany arrangements that stretch, but never seem to tear, the focus of the song. The album oscillates, wildly at times, between charged rocking experimentation and quieter contemplative numbers from the fertile folk/country reservoir." -Sacramento ALIVE AND KICKING!
"Blood warm rhythms, crisp, brilliant guitars and gentle complications abound in this crystal land of hooks & harmonies. This hums with the snap-crackle-pop of odder Cheap Trick, early Bee Gees and other tunefully wistful masters. Sensations embody the best qualities of earlier artists without sounding much like anyone else. A great deal of thought and care is poured into every moment producing a labor of love that amply rewards a listener's attentions." -JAMBASE.COM
"Sensations rescue pop music from the slagheap of today's charts, returning it to the cerebrally breezy tradition of the Kinks & Hollies. What's more, they build on that darkly tuneful legacy." -HONEST TUNE