The music contained within Kelly Deco Band’s Constellation is described (by the band’s leader) as “A 1970s operatic rock sound featuring retro modern love and space inspired adventures. Retro-futuristic, rock, love, and fantasy."
The Kelly Deco Band have just issued a brand new single, “Destination Fascination,” of their latest album, Constellation. Hailing from California, the band’s leader describes the tune (which also served as the album’s opener) as an “Early 1970s L.A. sound, and with legendary Producer Val Garay, I got it. I really love how Keith Moon of the Who plays the drums, and when we went to record ‘Destination Fascination,’ the transition, see it in the distance, I wanted to hear half-time drums, and double-time bass. I was happy that it worked out that way.”
Continued Deco, “The lyrical inspiration behind ‘Destination Fascination’ explores the wave of ‘turning on’ and ‘in’ ness. Remembering wild club scenes like Pandora’s Box on the Sunset Strip in the '60s and '70s, and the in-ness that echoed around the globe from San Francisco to London and New York City. Ring the doors of your perception, in your mind, in a loose and wild ‘Federico Fellini '60’s vibe'.”
In the early ‘80s, the Kelly Deco Band began playing such famous LA venues as the Troubadour, Gazzarri's and the Whisky A Go Go, and recorded music connected to Robert Stigwood at United Western Studios, including the songs “Get Out” and a ballad called “Working for a Chance to Survive.” Stars aligned for then meeting up with Richard “Dickie” Davis of Buffalo Springfield fame (coincidentally good friend of producer/engineer Val Garay). And this was the point that Kelly began his time working as a scenic artist in the movie industry. The song “No Reality” (written in 1982), was soon trademarked, and would serve as the symbol for the Kelly Deco Band. “No Reality” was the best-known track from his first CD, Big Fish, recorded at the Record Plant Studios in Sausalito 1983 and 1984, while more tracks were added in Los Angeles studios, until Big Fish was officially released in 1990.
The stars then aligned again and the independently-produced video for “No Reality” (directed by Wayne White, three-time Emmy award winning designer for Pee Wee’s Playhouse and Peter Gabriel’s “Big Time”) became widely publicized. The clip was played on numerous nationwide video programs, garnering national attention, and ultimately charting in Billboard’s Viewer’s Top Request on the nationwide program Night Tracks in 1991 for most requested video.
Later that year, Kelly made personal appearances on the California Music Channel in San Francisco, promoting the “No Reality” video, and Total Request Video in Arizona as well as the popular San Francisco Program Art Attack. In 1994, Kelly released the CD American Dream, followed by the release of Get Out, with the title song originating from the 1982 Stigwood session at United Western. The stars aligned once again, and Kelly’s most recent recording is with legendary and Grammy award winning music producer Val Garay.
Concerning the music that comprises Constellation, Deco describes it as “We reached for a 1970s operatic rock sound featuring retro modern love and space inspired adventures.” And upon listening to the single “Destination Fascination,” this goal was certainly obtained.
Check out Constellation here