Derv Gordon (The Equals)
The Equals are best known for their huge 1968 world-wide smash hit “Baby Come Back”. Other well-known songs by The Equals include “I Get So Excited”, “Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys” and “Police On My Back”, which many discovered via The Clash’s cover version. Many current acts have been heavily influenced by The Equals, including Ty Segall, who recently covered their single “Diversion”.
The Equals were a pioneering mixed race group that never performed in The United States, though they were extremely popular in countries such as Germany and The Netherlands, as well as their native United Kingdom. While their best known member is lead guitarist Eddy Grant (who as a solo artist hit big with “Electric Avenue”), Derv has always been their lead singer.
Derv made his first ever U.S. appearance earlier this year, performing to a sold out crowd at The Elbo Room in San Francisco. As with that performance, he will backed by a fantastic Oakland band, So What, who themselves owe a huge musical debt to The Equals. So What has just released their pulsating debut album, “Hard Gum” on Just Add Water Records. Bandleader Jason Duncan is also currently working on the first ever Equals biography, which is slated for publication later this year.
Fresh off their U.S. tour with Mystic Braves, The Creation Factory's legion of paisley and long-haired followers just keep growing and growing. The band features Shane Stots and Iggy Gonzalez of Mystic Braves, and it's no wonder that they've done such a solid job of authentically capturing their '66-'68 soulful garage and psychedelic sound. Also in the band, Gabriel Pacheco and Neil Soiland who share fuzzy rhythm and lead guitar duties with ease. This factory certainly does create; they create music that gets the audience's blood flowing and feet moving!