Track of the Day: Dock of the Bay – Throw The Temple

I found out about this band last week on Twitter and had a listen to their debut album, “No Way But Down”. If you’re a fan of rock music you need to hear this album.

The awesome ballad “Dock of the Bay” is my track of the day, but I could just as easily have picked any of the other songs from this excellent album, in fact I had a hard time choosing which one should be the track of the day! This album is one of those gems that you discover every now and then. A music lover’s dream. Lots of original and addictive music, with songs that have something to say and are full of melodic and groovy rock ‘n’ roll riffs, upbeat and more mellow tracks, with a bit of thrash thrown in for good measure. When you’re listening to a song and think you know what the rest of it will sound like, the band come in with some unexpected twists to the music, which makes for a very fresh sound. It’s expertly crafted with some awesome guitar solos. Check it out on Spotify or iTunes.



About the band:

“Fiercely independent, wildly creative, and supreme musicians on their own and as a collective, Throw The Temple fabricate a distinctly recognizable but distinct sound with No Way But Down. In a music scene so saturated with saccharine, it is great to get some feel-good food here. One listen and you will be hooked, guaranteed.” – Octavio Ramos, Jr.,

Throw The Temple is:

  • Gabriel Gambino – Lead Vocals, Guitar
  • Matias Garcia – Lead Guitar, Vocals
  • Kody Audette – Bass Guitar, Vocals
  • Kent Sidlow – Drums, Percussion, Vocals

Throw The Temple was formed in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2009 by Gabriel Gambino, having just moved to the city after a stint of serving in Baghdad, Iraq supporting the Army Special Forces. After discovering a desire to play live music after hobby guitar playing, he put out an ad on craigslist to meet people in the music scene and begin writing original music.

In 2011, having solidified a lineup, Throw The Temple entered the live music scene and began honing the craft of playing live music. In 2012, the band recorded a demo that featured three songs and earned themselves some local airplay on 104.1 The Edge, a local alternative Clear Channel station, and garnered the “Edgy Award” for “Best Local Band” in 2013. They were also invited to The Heart Of Texas Rockfest in March 2012 during South by Southwest week in Austin, TX and began gaining opening spots for nationally touring acts like Los Angeles-based Attaloss. They were also voted into Edgefest (2012, 2013), headlining the local stage, joining bands like Incubus, The Killers, Cake, AWOLNATION and Cage the Elephant at New Mexico’s Isleta Amphitheater. In 2014, local fans voted them onto the Kevin Says Stage on Vans Warped Tour, sharing the stage with bands like State Champs and ACIDIC.

In 2014, after joining more national acts like Local H on the local stage, the band headed into the studio and independently recorded their debut effort with close friend Jimmy J. Medina at the EVILESQ Records Studio in Albuquerque, NM. The tumultuous process brought a lineup change with the addition of Kent Sidlow on the drums.

On September 5, 2015, Throw The Temple released their debut album, No Way But Down, a long overdue offering to their fans with their now-familiar songs. The album was partially funded through a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, with the band drawing nearly three times what they were asking to complete the project. The 40-minute-long album was tracked and mixed by Jimmy J. Medina. Due to the highly successful Kickstarter campaign, the band was able to tap Brian Lucey of Magic Garden Mastering in Los Angeles, California to master the album, a Grammy Award-winning engineer whose noted works include AM by Arctic Monkeys, Brothers by The Black Keys, Meliora by Swedish band Ghost, and notable artists like Marilyn Manson and Grace Potter.

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