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The Famous forge a sound that combines the transcendent roar of punk with the brutal honesty and black wit of traditional country. Mix that with the exhaust fumes of a ’65 Ford Galaxie — the four-wheeled talisman that led to the formation of the band when Victor Barclay (lead guitar, vocals) spotted Laurence Scott (lead vocals, acoustic guitar) and his ride outside a Bay Area laundromat and remarked that he owned the very same car — and you get an idea of what the Famous is all about. To put it another way: take the ‘50s-era country of Hank Williams and filter it through ‘70s punk rock, ‘80s psychobilly, and ‘90s post-punk and you’ll find yourself staring eye-to-eye with the Bay Area’s own “Pixies in a cowboy hat.” Currently based in Oakland, The Famous are regulars on the Bay Area scene opening for artists such as OK Go, The Toadies, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, Robbie Fulks, and The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band. The Famous have released three full-length albums – Light, Sweet Crude (2005), Come Home To Me (2010) and Ghost Town Parade (2015) and have received airplay on college radio, inclusion on top-rated Americana podcasts such as Roots Rock Radio, Country Fried Rock, Twang Nation, and Americana Rock Mix and acclaim from publications such as No Depression, the San Francisco Chronicle, Trouser Press and the National Review. Currently hard at work on their upcoming record slated for summer 2019, only a wise old ‘65 Galaxie could say where The Famous are headed next.