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[ release date: 20 January 2010 ]
THE GRAVES BROTHERS DELUXE “San Malo” cd, GC020
“SAN MALO” RECORD RELEASE PARTY
WHAT: “San Malo” record release party with Winston Tong, the Graves Brothers Deluxe, + Mark Matos & Os Beaches (a Pirate Cat Radio co-presentation)
WHERE: Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., SF
WHEN: Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 9pm (doors at 8:30)
HOW MUCH: $8, 21 and over
PRESS/ INTERVIEW INQUIRIES: Stoo Odom, firstname.lastname@example.org, 415-642-5724
It’s been over four years and one giant levee failure since the last full Graves Brothers Deluxe album, and they’re back with a vengeance. Produced by Geza X (Germs, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Elliott Smith) & Paul Roessler (45 Grave, the Screamers), “San Malo” is the Graves’ musical tale of the real-life fishing village of St. Malo, Louisiana, founded by escaped Filipino indentured servants in 1763 and destroyed by hurricane in 1915. As a New Orleans native and San Francisco resident, Graves frontman Stoo Odom found this story of the USA’s first Asian-American settlement particularly compelling in this post-Katrina, post-modern, post-lumpia world.
Far from lazy for the past four years, the Graves Brothers Deluxe have been busy scoring films; writing; recording; collaborating with members of Acid Mothers Temple, the Boredoms, and 60’s icons the monks; making TV appearances (most recently Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations); plus touring Japan, Mexico, and the USA in their spare time. “San Malo” will be released January 20th on Greece’s Green Cookie Records.
Headlining the bill is former Tuxedomoon frontman WINSTON TONG, performing for the first time since 2008. Winston is best known for the song “In a Manner of Speaking,” covered by (among others) Nouvelle Vague and Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore. Joining the SF cult legend onstage are guest artist LX RUDIS and members of the Graves Brothers Deluxe themselves. MARK MATOS & OS BEACHES (Porto Franco Records) open the show.
The event is brought to you by the Bay Area’s favorite radio rogues, Pirate Cat Radio.
review by: Avi Shaked
There’s something sneaky about this new release by The Graves Brothers Deluxe. Underneath a disguise of a rock outfit that delivers its modern approach to blues rock (“neo blues rock,” if you wish), there’s something even more complicated. It took us some listens to put our finger on it, but then it finally struck us: There’s a beating King Crimson spirit in this invigorated set of songs.
Sure, the quirky sax on “Splinters” is a throwback to ‘70s Crimson, but it is in fact the nod towards the Adrian Belew-fronted Crimson (‘80s and forward) that is evident throughout: in the rhythms, in the guitar vocalization and in the songs’ semi-hysteric character. It is perhaps most apparent on “Five Foot Category Five,” which is delivered with a tricky guitar and feels like it was lifted off Crimson’s 1982 Beat.
Lest not we forget that it was also King Crimson who offered an updated version of the blues earlier in this millennium (ProzaKc Blues), and The Graves Brothers Deluxe do live up to the spirit, albeit in a more groovy (rather than metallic) setting, enhanced by tasty double bass licks, staggering keyboards and a slightly possessed vocal delivery. Add some swinging, captivating songwriting (in terms of both lyrics and tunes) to the careful, accessible musical explorations mentioned earlier, and you can see why San Malo is an essential and singular demonstration of contemporary rock music. (9.5/10)
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