Iowa native and former NorCal resident Parker Griggs (above) is set to release a new Radio Moscow 7-inch on Volcom Entertainment later this month, and he recently posted both tracks off the record to the band’s ReverbNation page. The 7-inch was apparently recorded with yet another new lineup, although with some familiar faces. After a less-than-amicable parting-of-ways with drummer Cory Berry and bassist Zach Anderson at an Iowa show last January, Griggs recruited Lonnie Blanton and Billy Ellsworth to fill those roles, respectively. Well, Blanton has now left the band – albeit on better terms than his predecessor – and the frontman replaced him with old friend Paul Marrone, who briefly played with the band in 2010 between Berry’s two stints behind the drum kit. Ellsworth remains in charge of bass duties.
The 7-inch’s a-side “Rancho Tehama Airport” is all hopped-up on goofballs, racing out of the gates and featuring Griggs’ masterful work on the guitar that somehow finds yet another gear and leaves some of his typical sludge behind. B-side “Sweet Little Thing” is a classic Radio Moscow blues track – foot stompin’, fuzzed out, and trippy as all get out. Both are worthy additions to what is slowly becoming one of the better discographies in modern blues. Listen to both tracks below, via ReverbNation:
Unfortunately, it looks as though Griggs followed through with his plan to flee Northern California for the more agreeable climes of San Diego, so we may be hearing less from this psychedelic blues rock virtuoso in the future up here in the Bay, although we certainly hope that’s not the case. Next up for Griggs and company is a European tour that kicks off in Bordeaux on January 13th and winds its way around the continent for a good two months before wrapping up in Turkey and Greece in March. Hopefully we’ll see Radio Moscow return for Bay Area gigs sometime in 2013, which apparently will also see the band release a new full-length studio album.