p>“Born With Stripes” (Dead Oceans)
There is no artifice in The Donkeys’ latest album: an electrifying pop/rock tour de force, shot through with a deep respect for classic songs from the 70s to the 90s while firmly imprinted with their strong, unique personality.
Taking their cue from such California-based bands as Pavement or the Grateful Dead and from harmony acts like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the Donkeys fashion country-tinged pop/rock songs inspired by their state’s warm weather and relaxed pace. High school friends Timothy DeNardo, Anthony Lukens, and Sam Sprague first played together as teenagers, and Jessie Gulati joined Lukens and Sprague in a band named The Moon And Sixpence soon after graduation. Eventually all four banded together as The Donkeys, lacing well-crafted pop with elements of classic rock, country, and laid-back psychedelia. The group signed with Antenna Farm Records and issued a self-titled debut in 2004. Leaving Antenna Farm several years later, the Donkeys eventually settled with Texas-based label Dead Oceans before issuing their 2008 follow-up, Living On The Other Side, and then Born With Stripes in 2011.