the imperial rooster "the vintage"

Posted by gregor on Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

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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2 Responses to the imperial rooster "the vintage"

  1. Randy Perraglio[Korhn Sirup] says:

    Glad you liked it,more glad that you get it,but one comment please,we’re from Espanola,not Santa Fe.It’s a small town 25 miles north of Santa Fe,for some reason we keep getting called a Santa Fe band,not that there’s anything wrong with that!

  2. Dave says:

    Thanks for posting this one – THIS is why your blog is the best on the web. Who else would put up stuff like this?
    They sound like everything you described, which would normally be underwhelming. But you’re right – it sounds great!
    Regards, Dave.

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