Giant Sand, originally The Giant Sandworms, is an American rock band, based in Tuckson,Arizona (although Los Angeles, California was its home for many years). Overseen by singer-songwriter-guitarist-pianist Howe Gelb sideman). Guest artists -- though it is hard to tell at times where the band leaves off and the guests begin -- have included , its membership has shifted over the years -- at times with each album -- though for a long while the drum and bass duties were handled by John Convertino and Joey Burns, who went on to form Calexico. Other members have included keyboardist Chris Cacavas (of Green on Red), bassist Paula Jean Brown (a late-period Go-Go, and married to Gelb at the time) and drummer Tom Larkins (afterward a Jonathan Richman, Victoria Williams, Neko Case, Juliana Hatfield, PJ Harvey, Vic Chesnutt, Steve Wynn, Vicki Peterson, Rainer Ptacek, nearly all of Poi Dog Pondering and regular cameos from Gelb and Brown's daughter, Indiosa Patsy Jean.
originally posted by 16Forever
Rainy Day Sponge note: because the above info isn't much helpful and all this name-dropping is rather confusing, I would add that this is Giant Sand's first (and along with "Love Songs" their best) full LP, one of the trademarks of the so-called "desert sound" (Green on Red's "Gas, Food, Lodging", Thin White Rope's "Exploring the Axis" and Giant Sand's "Valley of Rain" are the essential albums of this never existed sound), full of bare guitar cries and, although recorded in California, brings along something from Sand's desert home, love stories played with passion and tension, and a tremendous strength coming straight out of their young and wild hearts.