We're so excited to announce that The Donkeys will be releasing a new mini-album, Midnight Palms, on February 12, 2016! On Friday, they revealed the first track from the EP, "Down The Line" via Paste who said, "Over the course of The Donkeys' more-than-a-decade-long career, the band has fallen into that special sort of Southern Californian sway. Percussive drum strokes sound like rustling palm fronds on Donkeys songs, and random psychedelic freak outs seem like the sonic equivalent of aimless driving through the Hollywood Hills. On the new single "Down The Line," an acoustic guitar riff (one that's so familiar, yet seemingly impossible to place) carries the less-than-three-minute tune."
LISTEN to "Down The Line"
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Since the release of their Ride The Black Wave album in 2014 The Donkeys have criss-crossed the US countless times performing upwards of 150 shows. The result is a live show that perfectly reflects just how long they have played together and how well they know each other. With Midnight Palms the San Diego quartet have taken that experience and brought it to the studio with them.
Tracked largely live-in-the-studio with veteran producer, longtime friend, and fellow traveler Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Fruit Bats, Devendra Banhart), Midnight Palms was recorded at the end of one of the bands blitzkrieg road runs (which might see the band playing as many as 28 shows in 29 days). The collection's lived-in live feel should surprise few.
The core founding trio of Tim Denardo, Anthony Lukens, and Sam Sprague drive the proceedings. The fourth Donkey on Midnight Palms is The Hold Steady's Steve Selvidge, stepping in after the (amiable) departure of long-time guitarist Jesse Gulati. Selvidge hopped on stage with the Donkeys during a show in TX and would end up joining the band for a fair number of those 150 RTBW shows. His pointed, tasteful leads are peppered throughout Midnight Palms.
In all, the Donkeys have crafted in the Midnight Palms mini-album a fine, half-sized document of their singular sound. At once accessible, adventurous, nostalgic, and progressive, it can only be the Donkeys.