plain and simple, youre going to either love the genre defying ways of santa fe’s the imperial rooster, or you wont. i dont think theyre a band where the term “casual listener” would apply. i have been listening to their recently released decent people non-stop for the better part of 3 days, and all i can say its a trip. here’s what i love about the record, or better yet them, the most; they have heart and passion for their music. they arent the best singers, maybe not the best players, but ill be goddamned if the piece aka the album is greater than the sum of its parts. please dont take that as a dis, cause some of my favorite records fall in the same category.
on first listen you may think to yourself wtf is this? their songs are kinda goofy, kinda serious, kinda tongue-in-cheek, etc, but again, the gang of imperial rooster blend it all wonderfully together. there’s sea chantey’s, irish drunken sing-a-logs, heart felt ballads, and stories of what kinda shit goes down at a “typical” imperial rooster show. the latter of which, even if half true, i need to witness for myself. short review, even shorter, i love it decent people and if ya give it enough time, me thinks you hop on this train. def a best of 2011 release… buy it here via bandcamp
riyl: tom waits, the gourds, the pogues, drinking songs, old timey country
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