You have to understand that I loved the Demo. I mean, I named them Band of the Week off of that set. Having said that, Step Inside is a gigantic step forward. The band expands on their signature use of folk instrumentation playing rock leads with a confidence and a delicious taste of a sinister circus on the edge of the dusty plain they crossed on their Demo.
More than once, I was reminded of Ear to the Ground favorite Don Ryan.
The Lonesome Soul has a gypsy-like lilt, a persistent melody and a haunting vocal.
I, Narcissus starts with a nifty rock riff and breaks into a foot-stomping rave up with dark undertones. Love this song!
The EP closes with Shangri-la which opens with plaintive whistling followed by a surf-guitar ready riff and more gypsyesque melodies which will have you dancing ’round the dying embers of the campfire as the last sparks float up into the air above the tents and wagons.
So yeah, back to the date at the beginning of this post. Step Inside drops on August 1 which is just a few days off… so start saving your pennies and be the first on your block to own this record. And spread the word. Right now you can get a taste by downloading The Lonesome Soul using the widget below. And then, when that alarm you set goes off next Wednesday you can go get the whole album.
The band will celebrate the release of the EP with an international tour (note the Vancouver date) – if you are in one of these cities go see them do there thing live.
8.3 Las Vegas @ Yayo Taco
8.4 Santa Monica @ TRiP
8.6 Fresno @ Babylon Club
8.7 San Francisco @ Grant & Green Saloon
8.8 Portland @ Mississippi Pizza Pub
8.9 Seattle @ El Corazon
8.10 Seattle @ The Triple Door
8.11 Seattle @ 2bit Saloon
8.12 Seattle @ Blue Moon Tavern
8.13 Vancouver @ The Cobalt
8.14 Spokane @ The Baby Bar
8.16 Boise @ The Crux
8.17 Salt Lake City @ The Woodshed
I will leave you now with South of Ramona’s take on the Jefferson Airplane classic Somebody to Love. Enjoy!