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"Old Californio is a band that defies generic musical labels. Indeed, with Sundrunk Angels the Pasadena, California band has meticulously crafted a melodic and hard driving album with spiffed-up lyrics and dazzling art-pop beats that will be surprisingly appealing to Americana, folk and country music audiences while also finding fans in other genres as well." - B.J. Jones, Country Chart, June 2011
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“Most of this versatile band’s music– with elements of rock, country,folk, and pop – revolves around the guitars of Rich Dembowski and Woody Aplanalp. The punchy rocker “Allon Camerado” displays a level of dynamics that many bands with longer histories just don’t get. “Learn to Cheat” shows off all the elements that make this band a fun listen. Essentially it’s just a pop tune with wonderful harmony vocals and a killer hook. But bubbling under the whole thing is country guitar playing that shows off superior control when it comes to bends. The solo is out front and a miniature composition unto itself, while the lyric is clever without trying too hard. It’s difficult to resist a verse that ends with “I ain’t no loser, I just always get beat.” A quiet side is revealed on the title cut, with Aplanalp’s haunting lap steel f loating in and out of Dembowski’s arpeggiated electric and some lovely changes. Besides the guitarists fine interplay, the rhythm section deserves special credit. Drummer Justin Smith and bassist Jason Chesney power many of the songs and really are the difference between this band and many of the jam bands out there that meander aimlessly before completely losing their way. Levi Nuñez also contributes plenty on keyboards and even adds accordion to several cuts. Old Californio describes themselves as a bunch of old friends who make music, and that kind of camaraderie definitely shows.” – John Heidt, Vintage Guitar Magazine, November 2011

Reviews of Sundrunk Angels (2011)
Click below to listen to Steve Hochman's review of Sundrunk Angels on KQED's The California Report:
"Next-generation roots rock out of San Gabriel Valley:  This Pasadena band's third album (but the first to get a serious release) opens with the rollicking but wistful 'Learn to Cheat', a dead ringer for the Faces' 'Ooh La La'.  It's followed by the extended country-rock-rave-up 'A Cool Place in the Light' which bears the gnarled hickory texture of the Clarence White-era Byrds.  A few tracks later, 'Allon Commarado' erupts with the shit-kicking ecstasy of Moby Grape.  Not only can this quintet wake up the echoes of the olden days with their taut playing, they also have a first-rate writer in singer/guitarist Rich Dembowski, who joins Delta Spirit's Matthew Vasquez and Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith in the front rank of young Southern California new-traditionalists."--Bud Scoppa, Uncut Magazine, July 2011
#14 on the Jamband Charts for August, 2011:
"Old Californio takes the best of California, borrowing heavily from the Dead, and a bit from Eagles and The Byrds, to create an uncommon yet familiar sound that is undoubtedly rooted in their home state, undeniably reminiscent of the psychedelic era, and unequivocally refreshing to my musical palate." --Steve Cicero, Americana Music Times, July 2011
"Old Californio sounds like a cross between The Jayhawks and Calexico on the warm, roots-y “Learn To Cheat” that chugs along perfectly. And it’s that laid-back summery feel fueling a good portion of this record on “A Cool Place In The Light” with a Southern tinge to it a la The Byrds with some fine guitar work to close. This also comes evident later on during “Jewels And The Dross” as it resembles a Laurel Canyon hoedown." -- Jason MacNeil, Glide Magazine, July 2011
"Old Californio: Sundrunk Angelsis a splendiferous addition to the already impressive Old Californio catalogue. Fans of country, blues, folk, rock, psychedelic rock, and americana music will absolutely dig this album and should immediately add it to their collection. "
-- Larry Vanderpool, Nashville Examiner, July 2011
"Old Californio would have fit nicely into the California music scene of the late 60’s and early 70’s, but they are not just a throwback band. Their music intertwines their influences with an original and contemporary approach. They have a strong following in their home state of California and are expanding their fan base eastward." --Chip Frazier, Twangville, June 2011
"Old Californio take the listener on a crazy musical ride as they ring the changes with each track without losing sight of what this band is all about—good-time rockin’ music with lyrical maturity that is just about impossible to resist." --Maverick Magazine, October 2011
"These guys are hillbillies alright but they're Muswell Hillbillies and those crazy complex melodies are pointing forward, away from the ghost of Gram Parsons, and towards a brave new world of their own making." --Mark Huddle, Trotsky's Cranium / Verbicide

"It’s too bad the magazine No Depression is no more, as Old Californio would surely be one of its cover stars. Led by songwriter Rich Dembowski, the Pasadena band masterfully blends folk, country and pop into a rich, satisfying brew. “ –Michael Toland, The Big Takeover
“Sundrunk Angels boasts some of the most rollicking, dynamic rock and roll since the '70s heyday of the Faces and some of the sweetest, liveliest down-home sounds since the Byrds transitioned from psychedelic to countrypolitan” --Michael Snyder, SiriusXM
"Old Californio takes the best of California, borrowing heavily from the Dead, and a bit from Eagles and The Byrds, to create an uncommon yet familiar sound that is undoubtedly rooted in their home state, undeniably reminiscent of the psychedelic era, and unequivocally refreshing to my musical palate." --Steve Cicero, Americana Music Times, July 2011
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