"I'm a very loving person," Barry Dean said. "I constantly get burned."

"I'm a very loving person," Barry Dean said. "I constantly get burned."

Dean, the kindhearted Goliath guitar-slinger and frontman for the Main Street Gospel, explained the inspiration for his band's debut: "I would hope that one of these days love - true love - will have its revenge and actually thrive."

Dean and bassist Ryan Ida started crafting "Love Will Have Her Revenge" four years ago. The interim was fraught with studio frustration and barroom toil, but the work is paying off now that psych-rock tastemaker Tee Pee Records has unleashed the album worldwide.

"Just the fact that people are listening to it outside the bars we play at - it's kind of a thrill," drummer Adam Scoppa said.

The reach extends all the way to Perth, Australia, where a radio station has played four tracks from the record. Main Street hopes to tour Down Under this year after a string of U.S. dates, including a two-week jaunt with Mondo Drag.

Recording the album was a yearlong slog. After stalling out at one studio, the band regrouped with Brian Simakis and Jake Thomas at Capital City Studjoe.

"We pulled some power sessions there, and it got very mystical," Dean said.

"Revenge" overlaps the band's signature hazy blues jangle with a softer side that rarely emerges on stage. Ballads like "Truly (Hymn)" will get an airing at Friday's release show with Mount Carmel and the Red Specials.

Helping to bring the album to life will be Vug Arakas, the young singer-songwriter who joined as a second guitarist in March. Dean and Ida play in Arakas' band the Stallions, so he was a natural fit.

Dean said a Main Street/Stallions merger is in the works for next year under the name Gypsy Riders: "Both bands in full force. Two drum kits. Pedal steel."