Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Legend in the making

I'd like to start this next entry by reminding you all that, well, you are welcome to leave comments . I'm as guilty as the next person when it comes to stuff like this; but at the same time I would genuinely like to hear what you have to say, and it won't take up too much of your time.

That said, I feel I might have accidentally put a downer on things and that's not my intention. If you didn't already know, Hot Snakes are gracing our little island for a few days in June. Actually, they're speeding across Europe at the moment and I feel it is my duty to shout it out loud for all to hear. I shouldn't have to do it though. I mean, we're talking about Hot Snakes here. Rick Froberg and John Reis back together again. the same pair that brought you Pitchfork and Drive Like Jehu. Of course, John Reis never stopped; what with his commitments to Swami (The famous San Diego label that he established) and Rocket From the Crypt - should have been huge. Now they're touring everywhere, slaying audiences, bewildering the naysayers and it should be a big fucking deal. A statement on their site claimed that they didn't even have plans to play at this point last year, and most of us thought we'd never get a chance too see them. So where is the press? It's all rather embarassing from where i'm sitting. Actually, i'm not primarily hear to harp on about Hot Snakes this time around. No, this is all for the benefit for one-man wonderkid, Dan Sartain. Who Swami enthuasically describe as "more talented than a thousand talented dudes." If you're intrigued, keep reading.

Alabama-based Dan Sartain has been described the most promising talent to emerge out of, err, Alabama in the last couple of years. His debut, while relatively well known to American audiences, is all set to shake up Swami fans when he flexes his reputation for the first time next month, in support of Hot Snakes. Regularly compared to artists like Johnathan Richman, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash; you can't help feel that his reputation leaves him with a awful lot to live up to. Fortunately, he relishes the opportunity to win over people and if you're expecting a straight laced punk revivalist at work then, think again. While certainly in the mould of the ramshackle rock n roll of old, he fixation on soul music and love hip-hop in general is also apparent. His debut album is an exploration of these ideas; disjointed, although pleasantly interesting. For instance: I doubt anybody would really expect the album to start ("Tryin' to say" is an all out rocker, and relentless at that) and finish ("Got a Feeling" is a slower affair which even incorperates horn sounds) in the way it does, but it's part of the Dan Sartain appeal. Still searching. Still in it's infancy. He is most at home within a live setting; suprising audiences with singer/songwriter performances with an acoustic guitar and generally adding a lot to his own mystique.

Dan Sartain & The Serpientes - Tryin' to say

Anyway, my work is done, other to say that you have to check out Hot Snakes anyway you can. Wherever you live: I don't care. Look to the recent live EP for further evidence. Oh, and did I mention that it's also famous as being the last live John Peel Session...Look to Swami for all Hot Snakes and Dan Sartain releases.


At 1:37 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, your blog is a winner...like your swami and chinese stars post. I didnt really like the Chinese Stars record that much though. They are much much better live. The cd is missing that insane noise of arab on radar records... I met them last summer and talked to Eric (the singer) who is a complete lunatic on stage, but a really nice guy...total 180 personality. Ive read the reason Arab on Radar broke up, was because of the book he wrote...anyway, nevermind me.... nice blog. - T

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At 5:25 pm, Blogger guanoboy said...

Dan Sartain - nice track, vocals are a little up front for the style, but nice. Reminds me a bit of the mid 90's indie punk think, a la make-up. punk with a bit of a groove.

Keep it up.

At 1:52 pm, Blogger StopBeingCarbon said...

I'm going to see Dan Sartain and The Chinese Stars next week, so probably should have waiting to write these, but what the hell.

I would have loved to have seen Arab on Radar.

At 4:23 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well the isanity of the Chinese Stars come fairly close. I would pick up the Michigan Fest DVD from 2002 (Bifocal Media) to see Arab on Radar...and The Hot Snakes too. - T

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