We first saw The Sadies when they backed up Neko Case at the legendary Lounge Ax club in Chicago in 1998. She had kept saying she had this band of Canadian tree-like men who were the best band in the world. We quickly agreed.
When the Sadies first hit the scene with their sound, people were agog by the sonic mash-ups, by the improbable ease with which they morphed and mutated so many influences. People were at a loss at what to call it or how to describe it. Nowadays, we can just say "it sounds like the Sadies" and it makes perfect sense.
We also find their Canadian accents charming. We like the way they are always shrouded in smoke and the way the stage lights play off their shiny suits.
Fronted by the brothers Good, Dallas and Travis, who sing, play guitars (sometimes each others, at the same time!), fiddles and whatnot with lightning dexterity and skill, the Sadies will astound you with how impossibly easy they make it all look.
From their early days of playing Stanley Brothers tunes like they were the Sonics (and/or vice versa), they've moved onto a more icy and spacey psychedelia. They've collaborated with John Doe (X, Knitters), Jon Spencer (Blues Explosion, Heavy Trash), Blue Rodeo, Mekons, Neko Case, and they've backed Neil f'n Young! You should also do yourself a favor and explore their genre-shaking collaborations with Andre Williams on Red Dirt and with Jon Langford on Mayors of the Moon and Roger Knox on Stranger In My Land.
Why do all these people from such wildly different backgrounds seek out the Sadies? Cuz they know what we do. The Sadies rule.
- Mike Watt (Minutemen) & the Missingmen cover Jon Langford & the Sadies' "Up to My Neck In This" and Daniel Romano covers their "Strange Birds" on While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years Of Bloodshot Records
- "Rated X" w/Neko Case and Little Sadie on Making Singles, Drinking Doubles
- "Shake a Tail Feather" w/Andre Williams on For a Decade of Sin: 11 Years of Bloodshot Records
- "Empty The Chamber" and "FLASH" videos on the DVD Bloodied But Unbowed
- "Walkin' Cane" w/ Catherine Irwin (Freakwater) on Poor Little Knitter on the Road
- "Milk and Scissors" (Handsome Family cover) on Down to the Promised Land: 5 Years of Bloodshot Records