Friday, December 26, 2008

Ring in the New Year with Slim Cessna's Auto Club

What are you doing this New Year's Eve?
Take this compatibility test below to determine your New Year's Eve plans:
A.) Are you cool?
B.) Do you enjoy alt-country with a slightly creepy, apocalyptic, dirty-south snake-handling theme?
C.) Do you like drinking champagne with Jello Biafra?
D.) Do you enjoy local music?
E.) Do you prefer your musicians to look like 1930's gravediggers and freakishly tall cowboys?

If you answered yes to even one of these questions, you should get your bad self to the Bluebird Theater in Denver for Slim Cessna's Auto Club's annual New Year's Eve show Tuesday, Dec. 30 or Wednesday, Dec 31st.

For those not in the know, SCAC is a well-established Denver band with a unique sound that turns the description "alt-country" on its head. Slim and Munly riff off each other in preacher-convert, good cop bad cop style, singing in ragged and melodic voices about everything from American conquest, smallpox vaccinations, Jesus, the Devil and unusual ways to murder your sweetheart.

To call SCAC a "religious" band isn't really accurate, despite the thick religious imagery in their songs. It's more of a fascinating, dark canvas from a world that exists only in their songs. Where else would you find stories about cross-dressing country folk, prairie pirates and open invitations to Jesus to come crash at their house?

If this doesn't convince you, hopefully some songs from their MySpace will. And if you like what you hear, I'd recommend you go to SCAC's Wednesday show insted of their Tuesday show. Most years, Jello Biafra (of Dead Kennedys fame) has been on hand to douse the crowd in cheap champagne when the ball drops. The band's on Jello's label, Alternative Tentacles.

I'm looking to profile a few good bands with great music and an interesting backstory in faith. Got a good one? Drop me a line here or e-mail me at

1 comment:

  1. I'm very pleased, as a person who had to answer "no" to question A, that I was not immediately discounted.