Why did you want to make this album?
I wasn't really planning on it. In early 2013 I was in a spiritual fog. I had some friends that decided to embark on some dark roads and I was getting panic attacks. I found comfort in playing and recording hymns in my garage. I wasn't planing on sharing the songs with anyone. I forgot about them for months until my friend Erick found a bounced cd in my car and encouraged me to put them out.
Any song in particular have special meaning to you personally and why?
They all have special meaning to me but Rock of Ages has a desperation in the lyrics that are remarkably deep.
Describe the process involved in making this album.
No metronomes. Raw performances. All of the base tracks were recorded on single takes of one instrument and vocals played together.
Who is one of your favorite hymn writers and why?
Rev Gary Davis. I can't really put my finger on it but he is like a spiritual father to me. His song 'Oh Glory How Happy I Am' is incredible.
What would you like people to experience while listening to the album?
Honesty and integrity.
What does the title, Calico Romeo, mean or represent?
Calico comes from Calico Ghost Town. We used to camp there when I was a kid. It represents the country parts of the album. Romeo means a man in the pursuit of love. Obviously referring to the love songs on the album. Calico Romeo = Country Lover
What's the inspiration behind some of the songs?
Mostly personal experience and experiences of family and friends.
Dark Matter - Mystery
You don't know what love is - slander
A smile - Broken dreams, empty promises and hope
I can't get you off my mind - Heartache and breakup
The words to ease your mind - Heartache and breakup
Will you be my girl - Love
Reaching - Hope
I know a land - Hope
Favorite tune on the new record?
A Smile Goes A Long Way
How is this record distinguished from prior albums?
There is more diversity in the themes in the songs and production.
Describe the recording process.
6 days recording total! Was really smooth and fun. I'm so thankful for my friends.
Vision for 2013?
Continue to skate as hard as possible, continue to write songs and play as many shows as possible.
Release Date: June 3, 2013
Josh Harmony's 5th album.Purchase on ITunes
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Josh Harmony's 4th album.Purchase on ITunes
Release Date: March 21, 2011
Josh Harmony's 3rd album.Purchase on ITunes
Release Date: June 11, 2010
Josh Harmony's 2nd album.Purchase on ITunes
Release Date: August 25, 2009
Josh Harmony's 1st album.Purchase on ITunes
Release Date: January 1, 2005
Home recordings, put out by Toy Machine Skateboards.Purchase on ITunes
Calico Romeo, the fifth musical offering by Josh Harmony, marks the arrival of an artist coming into his own and feeling confident and inspired by love and also by the peaks and valleys of life. Sonically, the album melds a variety of Harmony's influences...think The Everly Brothers meets Hank Williams wedded with the Beatles this time around. The inspiration for the album title is a blend of two distinct parts: "Calico comes from Calico Ghost Town. We used to camp there when I was a kid. It represents the country parts of the album. Romeo means a man in the pursuit of love. Obviously, referring to the love songs on the album. Calico Romeo = Country Lover," says Josh.
Subjects of love, loss, and hope permeate the lyrics inspired by his own history and those of some of his friends and family. There's the joyful, Beatles-esque, "Will You Be My Girl?" contrasted with the scathing country romp of "You Don't Know What Love Is" and ending with the hopeful, banjo and mandolin driven, "I Know A Land." Adding depth to the production this time around was keyboardist Andy Smith (Wildcat! Wildcat!,The Red West) and pedal steel professional, John Schreffler (Shooter Jennings) contributing to a beautifully textured recording. "I am so thankful we were able to have Schreffler come in and add pedal steel the day before he left for a tour. I have always loved the beautiful, melancholy sound of the instrument." Produced by his long-time production team of Erick Cole and Travis Taylor, the album came together in an intense week in a Pacific Palisades studio. "Conflicting schedules and all, we managed to pull off recording the entire album in 6 consecutive days." The album takes twists and turns lyrically leading the listener through the author's thoughts on love. "There are dreams with broken heartsand there are hearts with broken dreams..." he sings in his favorite tune on the record, "A Smile Goes a Long Way".
A professional skateboarder since the age of 17, Harmony's career has taken him all across the globe several times and led him to be showcased in some of the industry's biggest skateboarding videos and magazines including multiple Thrasher magazine covers. Applying difficult tricks to larger handrail sand pushing the envelope, he quickly became a member of elite skateboarding companies Toy Machine Skateboards, Fallen Footwear, and RVCA Clothing.
Growing up in Southern California and the Chicago land area, Josh developed his twin passions of skateboarding and music (banjo and guitar), although, at the time, music took a backseat to perfecting the art of skateboarding. At 17, he petitioned Toy Machine Skateboards, founded by world-renowned modern artist, Ed Templeton, and was invited to become a member of the team, touring the world and immersing himself in the skate culture and dabbling in lifestyle of drugs. Within a couple of years, Josh underwent a dramatic spiritual awakening in midst of a bad drug trip and re-dedicated his life to Christ.
After sustaining a career-threatening injury in 2009, Harmony was forced off his board and onto his back while trying to suss out his medical options to repair a deteriorating hip and bearing constant pain throughout. "Doctors told me I'd be in a wheelchair and never be able to walk as my hip bones continued to grind against one another." He had an initial surgery that made the pain worse and took comfort in songwriting to deal with the physical pain and felt led to record some original songs gathering inspiration from his musical heroes like The Beatles, Elliott Smith, and bluesman, The Rev. Gary Davis. In 2009, he self-released the worshipful, "There's A Rhythm," followed by "Taller Than Trees" in 2010 and the bluesy/rock n roll, throwback EP, "Lamps," in 2011 which features covers of artist like Johnny Cash and Daniel Johnston. In late 2011, he underwent a second procedure called hip resurfacing that slowly eased the pain to the point where he could skate again. "I am so thankful to be able to do what I love again and for my new found passion in songwriting." Following a successful Kickstarter campaign last year (2012), he released his first full-length album, "Benefit of the Doubt" which was offered up free to the public and downloaded over 10,000 times.
He has toured with indie artist Josh Garrels, performed at multiple festivals in Southern California, and in every kind of venue from art galleries to megachurches to notable venues such as the Los Angeles staple, Hotel Café. The 29 year old currently resides in Long Beach, CA with his wife, Jenna, and their two young sons, Harrison and Henry, and continues to ride for Toy Machine, RVCA, and Fallen.
“Josh Harmony's music is awesome, it's a blessing not only to my ears, but my kids as well, we love it!"
“Josh Harmony's music has an unselfconscious authenticity that makes the listener feel as though in the presence of an old friend."
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Pastor Danny Sanchez
Calvary Chapel San Jose