Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Gold Medal

Gold Medal is the sixth album by The Donnas, released in 2004. The Donnas returned with a different drive on this album. Their earliest releases clung tightly to the Ramones' ethic of three power chords and a chunky rhythm, but Gold Medal veers into a '70s psychedelia feel, hinting at a more introspective and melodic feel. Mostly they were going for a more mature sound here. On this album they decided to drop their stage names (Donna A, Donna R., etc) and used their real names to present an image appropriate for the more mature sound that they had adopted on the new album. The basslines have never been more intricate, tambourines and handclaps come in at all the right times, and the whole album sports the most terrific production of any Donnas up to this time.  Unfortunately as of now the original lineup of the Donnas is no more.  Torry Castellano who was the tiny powerhouse drummer announced on July 9, 2010, via the band's website that due to her continued shoulder problems she would have to retire from drumming and performing with The Donnas. Here is the message she posted on the website.
Hey All,

This is a very difficult message for me to write. As many of you already know, I've been dealing with a painful shoulder injury for the last 2 years and I have had to take time off from playing the drums. I have tried numerous different therapies, including physical therapy, sometimes up to 3 times a week, trigger point shots, exercises, and rest, but none of them have gotten me to a place where I can play again. Unfortunately, unlike when I had my wrist problems, there is no specific surgery that can help with my shoulder.

As I am still in pain, my doctors have come to the conclusion that I cannot play the drums anymore because if I continue I will be in pain for the rest of my life. After much thought and many conversations with the other girls I have decided I have to retire. My retirement has brought me a lot of sadness because I love playing the drums and being a part of the Donnas' family, which of course includes all of you. I've loved all the experiences that we've had together and I really want to thank all of you for your support and the fun times. Even though I can't play anymore, I would never want the other girls to have to give up something that they love and I know that they will continue to make and play great rock 'n roll.

I've had to think about what I'm going to do now. While I have been resting my shoulder, I've been taking some classes and doing this has really helped me to have something to put my energies into. I've decided to continue with this, and I will be starting Stanford University in the fall. I know that I'll miss living near the other girls, but I'll be seeing them and the rest of you at their future Bay Area shows.

No matter what, I will always be a Donna and be a part of the Donnas' family. I know you guys will continue to support the band and I'll be there too, as the #1 Donnaholic.

Love, Torry
I've been a donnaholic for many years and I hope they continue on but fer sure they won't be the same without Torry.   I hear rumours of a new album coming in the summer of this year yet I'm not sure who is taking over the drumming duties.  I know that long time friend Amy Cesari of the band The Demonics has filled in  for Torry on some of their tours, but I've yet to hear any official news. We'll miss you Torry.

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Anonymous said...

I'm pretty late to the Donna party, having just gotten a copy of Spend The Night a couple months ago. I am very much digging them, though, and hearing what you have to say about Gold Medal, I'm thinking it'll be my next...
I'm enjoying my stops here, lately. I'm glad someone was wise enough to point me in your direction!