Andy De Rosa and Electric Mojo


Andy De Rosa has been heavily influenced by the classics, namely Jimi Hendrix, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, Rod Stewart, Lowell George, B.B. King, Howling Wolf, Robert Johnson, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton and also more recent musicians such as Chris Robinson, Marc Ford, Rich Robinson, Ben Harper, John Mayer and countless others.
Andy's approach to his music is plain simple: "If you can't reproduce it live at least 90%, then it's no good to me".
Whatever he writes and whatever the feel, he strives to pass this on to his audience.

Dec 15th 2009 - Single out! "The Blues Ain't Just A Word" featuring Rob Clores (The Black Crowes) on Hammond B3. Andy De Rosa has co-written this song with Lyn Boyd. Originally this was a poem that Lyn wrote and she asked Andy to do something with it as it could become a song. Indeed, Andy adapted some of the lyrics and turned this song into a 12 bar blues with a twist.

Having performed this song live as part of the set list for about a year, Electric Mojo had the pleasure of playing this track as an extended jam during March 2009 at a show in Italy (ORGAN CLUB) with Jacek Klesyk on Hammond B3.

While recording this song in September 2009, Andy contacted Rob Clores (The Black Crowes,  Gov't Mule fame) and asked him to record Hammond B3 on it. Rob did a fantastic job as you could expect from such a player and the single has released worldwide on downloads basis only on Dec 15th 2009. To date sales are really good, so thank you to all fans out there!

About the release of "UNSCATHED" (31.10.2009):

"Unscathed" is the debut album for Andy De Rosa & Electric Mojo, a new incarnation for Andy and an evolution from his first solo acoustic album "Watching The Hands Of Time" which he released in 2007.
"Unscathed" includes 3 revamped songs from Andy's first album, now in full electric form. These tracks are "Not Ready To Change", "Living On The Road" and "The Lude Trip". The remaining seven tracks have been carefully selected from Andy's back catalogue to complete this release.

Andy has tried to cover with "Unscathed" each musical genre that influences his writing, while keeping true to his roots as a musician and guitarist. Experimental tracks such as "On A Journey" (a funky type of feel-good song) and the title song "Unscathed" (a power ballad with exceptional texture and build-up) add incredible variety to this release.

More traditional southern rootsy tracks such as "Like A Storm", the long final jam on "Deeper Than Anything" with heavy fuzzed-out guitar and precise use of the whammy bar and vibrato, the bitter lyrics and early Black Crowes sounding "What Goes Around", the rock 'n' roll groove on "That's Alright" and the chilled out semi acoustic "Good Times And Bad Times" clearly define the style of Andy De Rosa & Electric Mojo as a revolutionary one for the British market. Truly inspiring and different.

 Review by Psychedelic Central Online Magazine:

Andy De Rosa & Electric Mojo's debut album Unscathed" (2009), is an epitome of early American Southern Rock and Roots music, which encompasses sub-genres of Blues, R&B, Jazz, Country, Funk and Boogie Rythms. These styles of music first hailed from the deep American South and became mainstream in the Southern United States during the 1950's and early to mid 1960's, with the prominence of artist such as Bo Diddley, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, among others. But by the time of the British Invasion, the focus of rock music shifted away from the rural south to the larger cities with the evolution of folk and psychedelic rock of the mid-late 1960's. At which time much of the rock, including southern rock became enmeshed into corporate arena rock, new wave and glam metal, progressively tapping off from the original southern roots. However, by the tail end of 1960's and early 1970's, Southern Rock revitalized with bands coming to the fore such as the Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker Band, Lynyrd Skynrd, the Black Crowes, Creedence Clear Water Revival and Blind Melon, to name just a few! Who began exemplifying both the early Southern Roots with the Brit psychedelic-folk rock producing a new hybrid sound by incorporating long jams emphasizing boogie rhythms and fast guitar hooks more aligned with the hard rock, with the intensity of lyrics relevant to the concerning values of young Southern working class adults, which quickly gained in popularity and once again turned the attention to bands from the South. Ultimately spreading across the United States and into the United Kingdom and beyond, as far flung as Austrailia with bands such as AC/DC. "Unscathed" (recorded by Andy De Rosa's UK band), embraces all of these stylistic forms of music and progressions to some slight degree in reflection of each of these musical genres that has influenced Andy's writing and musicial skills. While precisely keeping it all tightly within the original southern origin, which makes this album a fine cross pollination of early Brit and Southern American style root music.

"Unscathed" includes 3 songs "Not Ready To Change", "Living On The Road" and "The Lude Trip" from Andy's first (2007) solo acoustic album "Watching The Hands Of Time". All of which have been reconditioned with the use of electric guitars with tremolo/vibrato effects, producing a variation in amplitude to allow the richness of the songs to really shine through, which are well played with precision instrumentation and just the right amount of speed and intensity, without being so loud and overplayed that it drowns out the music. Which is often a common mistake with some of the young bands attempting to perform this style. Well done!

"On A Journey" and "Good Times And Bad Times" are jazzy upbeat feel good sounding songs, that clearly define some of the evolutionary progressions, which should fluently fit right into the universal market with strong appeal. "Like A Storm" has a traditional folk essence with elegant background vocals performed by Aimee De Rosa. "Deeper Than Anything" unfolds with a fuzzed out psychedelic quiddity, Whilst, "That's Alright" and "What Goes Around" tap directly into the Southern Roots of Rock "N" Roll.

Andy De Rosa and Electric Mojo are a solid band producing some high quality rootsy music! If you haven't gotten a taste of them yet, I strongly recommend the purchase of "Unscathed".

Reviewed by: Jan (editor)

What the press has to say: 

"Andy De Rosa-Watching The Hands Of Time (review by J. Randell)
Andy De Rosa....the name may not mean anything to some people but very soon he (and his band, Electric Mojo) will be on everyone's lips. 
This is Andy's solo album, stripped down southern blues with the "Andy De Rosa" touch, it kicks off with "Not Ready To Change", a great album starter and fantastic intro to the talents of Andy, this takes me back to a dreamy scape and great grass roots with the adage of harmonica thrown in to accompany the acoustic guitar! 

Track 2, "The Lude Trip" has hints of The Faces and The Stones, and more up-tempo than the first track. 
"Living On The Road" is next along and really just says it all, a great up-tempo song and great harmonica playing from the main man, Andy seems to be really enjoying himself on this song, you can almost sense him laughing along as he wrote this song. 

Track 4, "A Cry For Peace" to me starts of very Bowie-esque but turns into a song all of its own, this is my stand-out track so far....more diverse than previous tracks and it feels like Andy is stepping up a gear...fantastic! 

Just when you think it doesn't get any better "Lonely Time" is just a beautiful song, great lyrics, Andy's take of love and loss is amazingly accurate and will speak to many folk out there who is going through similar experiences. 

Track 6 is a song called "Forgotten"....very much in the vain of Dylan, both in terms of lyrics and music, staggering....listen to the great harmonica playing, it doesn't get better than this. 
"The World Through A Glass" is really the hardest song for me to review, simply cause of it being epic in nature! Really beautiful lyrics. 

Just as you get your breath back from that song along comes "Love Beyond Fall"...which starts off pretty slowly but then mid-way through comes into a song all of its own! Another faultless southern blues song. 

Onto the last song, well...give or take an instrumental is another great song from Andy...."Wishing" is a great choice in album song closers, really mellow in nature, a great love song, it leaves you with the urge to want more from this great artist. 

Album closer is called "Interlude" a nice instrumental with great slide guitar and nice lead work thrown in for good measure. 
Overhaul a great debut solo album and a nice taster for what's to come from Andy and his band, Electric Mojo....a full on electric album, which sees the light of day in the early part of 2009. 
Highly recommended. 
Jase Randell "

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