SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE SKIDS from the ole’ 1990s (actually they formed in 1983!?!) have returned– well I guess they weren’t really away since they put out a live album and some other tidbits that I missed out on. I remember seeing them in mid-90s opening for Reverend Horton Heat. And may I add they kind of blew the Rev out of the water that night and even passed around fried chicken to the entire audience at the 9:30 club in DC to make for an unforgettable and greasy southern trashy garage/surf night! And what is even better is that they still can deliver the proverbial goods to this day.
The album floats around with some twangy garage numbers with male and female vocals to straight up surfy instrumentals. They even get a little creepy-croony with the standout track “Montague’s Mystery Theme” (one of my faves on the record). The promotional copy we got includes some alternate takes which I am unsure as to if they are included on the actual album or not but in some ways they are better than the album tracks as they are a bit more raw. But S.C.O.T.S is best served that way- a little rough on the edges which is something I desire more of on this new album. It’s a tad sheen and takes away the grits from this southern breakfast making this slightly an unbalanced meal.
But in the end there are some fun tunes including a surf cover of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” that melds seamlessly into Pink Floyd “Lucifer Sam”. A fun hay-ride overall but next time let things get weirder sonically! What I love though is that they call their music “toe sucking geek rock – kinda weird, but it feels good when you’re doing it.” Yes!
And P.S. dudes/dudette, put your record on Bandcamp.com, it rules- don’t worry if people can stream the whole thing- the customer is your friend and will hook you up if you trust ‘em. Woo!!