SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE SKIDS plus LOS STRAITJACKETS at the Crofoot Ballroom

SATURDAY MAY 23, 2009
doors at 4PM, show at 5PM
tickets: $15 (buy tickets)

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It's UNCLE BRUCE'S BROWNTOOTH BBQ BASH, with SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE SKIDS, LOS STRAITJACKETS and tons more. The Crofoot kicks off the summer with a combo of down-home swamp rock, crazed Mexican masked surf rock, and mouth-watering bar-be-que! Join us for this inaugural bash as we welcome Southern Culture on the Skids, Los Straitjackets, and a bunch of local talent, too.

SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE SKIDS can't help but be a walking, talking storybook of Southern folkways. Formed in 1985 in Chapel Hill, NC, where Miller earned an art degree at UNC, SCOTS debuted with an EP (Voodoo Beach Party). They've subsequently released seven long players: Southern Culture on the Skids (1986), Too Much Pork for Just One Fork (1990), For Lovers Only (1992), Ditch Diggin' (1994), Dirt Track Date (1995), Plastic Seat Sweat (1997) and Liquored Up and Lacquered Down (2000). Now comes Mojo Box! Raised in Henderson, NC, Miller comes by his countrified credentials honestly, as his father ran a mobile-home factory. He also spent part of his childhood in California, which explains how high-reverb surf guitar and Creedence Clearwater Revival's swamp-rock became audible influences in his writing and playing. Drummer Dave Hartman and bassist Mary Huff are old friends who grew up in Roanoke, Virginia. Mojo Box was recorded and mixed by the band and Mark Williams outside Chapel Hill, NC at Rick's studio, the "Kudzu Ranch," a big, old cinderblock garage out in the country (the previous owner actually built muscle cars in the same room the bands record in!) It's a big room and you can really hear it on tape. Mark and Rick used plenty of creative mic techniques on the instruments to capture the room sounds. The result is a recording with the edge and presence of the band's live show. Most all the tracking was done to a 16-track, 2-inch tape machine at 15 IPS, and the entire project was mixed to half-inch analog tape. Tube and ribbon mics were the mics of choice for Mojo Box, as were API and NEVE preamps. Yes, folks! Only the best "natural" ingredients available were used in the making of Mojo Box. It is just what the doctor ordered. Listen twice daily and repeat as necessary.

With a sound that combines the classic strumming of 1960s surf music - reminiscent of Dick Dale's guitar work - with the element of punk, LOS STRAITJACKETS have carved a successful niche for themselves in the world of alternative rock. Comprised of Eddie Angel and Danny Amis on guitars, Pete Curry on bass, and Jimmy Lester on drums, the instrumental band has performed original as well as classic tunes, while always focusing on pop culture and fun. Their trademark Mexican wrestling masks, matching clothes, and custom-made matching guitars have made them one of the more visually exciting bands to see in live performance.Much of what has made Los Straitjackets successful has come from coincidence and a process of working together that makes the group more successful as a team than as individuals. Angel explained to John Wirt of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Advocate, "Every time we get together we come up with new songs. The whole thing has been like that, just totally organic. You can't plan that. It happens in its own way." Part of this process is the band's ability to think differently about performances, from the choreography of their live shows, to scheduling boat cruises with other bands, to inviting a group of fans to join them on tour.Los Straitjackets have continually found new ways to expand their horizons. Whether through collaborating with legendary artists such as Clearwater, Link Wray, or The Ventures, Los Straitjackets can be counted on to explore all the angles. At the same time, their sound is a constant reminder of their rock and roll roots and deep connection to pop culture. As Angel explained to Wirt, "We're just fans of pop culture, whether it's rock 'n' roll, monster movies, Mexican wrestling. It's just fun, pop culture stuff." Their musical skill, their innovations, and their pure joy in creating music are likely to carry Los Straitjackets into pop culture history.

With THE MELTDOWNS, THE CRIMSON GHOSTS (a surf-rock tribute to the Misfits!), DOOLEY WILSON, and more. FREE GRUB FROM 4 to 5!

 

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