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1997
| BS 020
$5.95

New City of Sin

Carves out a sound that befits their geographic location -- the desert turned city, smack dab between Bakersfield and Texas. Packed with sand, sweat, rattlesnake scars, and, dare we say, cojones.

Full Description

Galloping out of the stifling Arizona sun, the debut full-length CD from Grievous Angels delivers 11 songs packed with sand, sweat, rattlesnake scars, and, dare we say, cojones.This gutsy little package carves out a sound that befits their geographic location -- the desert turned city, smack dab between Bakersfield and Texas.

On New City of Sin, you'll find the foundations of classic Texas honky-tonk (only hopped up on steroids and tequila), the romping guitar runs of the Bakersfield masters like Merle and Buck, some Stonesy wooziness, and, just for local flavor, the been-sittin'-in-the-car-too-long-with-the-windows-up distortion fueled wallop of the Meat Puppets. Add to that the secret weapon of  Jon Rauhouse on pedal steel (equal parts swoon and swashbuckle), and mister, what you've got is pure honky-skronk heaven. Features 5th gear covers of country punk progenitors the Long Ryders ("Here Comes That Train") and bluegrass/old-time icon Hazel Dickens ("Don't Bother To Cry").

Oh, it's got a hidden track too, remember those?  Hint: it's a Sex Pistols song.....

CHOICE CUTS:
Full Moon Show
Carolina Bound
Scandal of the Century
Sleeping in the Bayou

Short Description
  • Mining the fertile musical soil between Son Volt and the Rev. Horton Heat these Angels know how to whip up a dance floor frenzy with the best of 'em.

    — Pitch Weekly
  • Sounds at once old and new, with just the right pull in both directions.

    — Phoenix New Times
  • Theirs is a vital, contemporary brand of roots-rock, a mixture of punk aggression, country sentimentality and a highly original songwriting sensibility…On songs like "Don't Die While I'm Alive" the Angels show off the winning combination of country's dark fatalism and rock & roll's barbed, irreverent humor that is their chief asset.

    — AllMusic.com

Track List

  • 1. Full Moon Show
  • 2. Carolina Bound
  • 3. Scandal of the Century
  • 4. Here Comes That Train Again
  • 5. Can You Hear Me
  • 6. Home Sick Home
  • 7. Sleeping in the Bayou
  • 8. My Life Story
  • 9. Don't Bother to Cry
  • 10. Flowers
  • 11. Don't Die While I'm Alive

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