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Porcella

Porcella

by The Deadly Snakes
     
 
The Deadly Snakes shed their garage rock skins on the very impressive Porcella, their fourth album. While keeping their spunky and often thrilling core intact, they lower the volume and add all sorts of instrumental accoutrements like horns, strings, toy pianos, Mellotron, and harmony vocals, touches that add dimension and

Overview

The Deadly Snakes shed their garage rock skins on the very impressive Porcella, their fourth album. While keeping their spunky and often thrilling core intact, they lower the volume and add all sorts of instrumental accoutrements like horns, strings, toy pianos, Mellotron, and harmony vocals, touches that add dimension and depth to their sound and lift the record out of the garage ghetto the band was often unjustly lumped into. That's not to say that the bandmembers have forsaken the high-energy rock & roll that got them noticed in the first place; the wall-shaking "Sissy Blues," "The Banquet," and acoustic romp "By Morning, It's Gone" take care of that aspect of the group. The rest of the record explores very melodic pop ("Gore Veil"), off-kilter acoustic blues gospel ("Let It All Go"), dramatic orchestral pop ("200 Hundred Nautical Miles"), art-damaged balladry ("High Prices Going Down," "A Bird in the Hand [Is Worthless]"), and nocturnal blue-eyed soul ("So Young & So Cruel") with a heart full of soul and a razor-sharp sound. Indeed, the band is tight and understated throughout, never letting the new style of arranging get in the way of laying down some seriously fiery music. The vocals are vastly improved on Porcella, too -- Andre Ethier's deep and yearning tones are nicely offset by Age of Danger's bratty whine. Having two vocalists as distinctive and entertaining as they are is a real plus for the band. There are obvious influences at work on the record -- at times the group (especially Ethier's voice) sounds like Nick Cave's rambunctious cousin, sometimes like a less arty Tom Waits (on "Work"), and sometimes like a time-traveling indie rock Stones, but the group blends its influences masterfully and with great imagination. Porcella is the work of a group hitting its peak in terms of songwriting, performance, and production.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2005
Label:
In The Red Records
UPC:
0759718512823
catalogNumber:
128
Rank:
187732

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Deadly Snakes   Primary Artist
Bryden Baird   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Chris Gale   Baritone Saxophone
Andrew Gunn   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Alex McMaster   Cello
Andre Ethier   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Toy Piano,Group Member
Jeremi Madsen   Acoustic Guitar,Saxophone,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Acoustic Bass,Group Member
Mark Sultan   Vocals
Julie Penner   Violin
Jeremy Strachan   Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Mike Belitricky   Background Vocals
Matt Carlson   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Trumpet,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Acoustic Bass,Group Member
Julian Hudson   Percussion
Daisy McCabe Lokos   Violin

Technical Credits

Deadly Snakes   Composer
Peter Hudson   Contributor
Andrew Gunn   Composer
Andre Ethier   Artwork
Age of Danger   Composer
Jeremi Madsen   Bass Arrangement
Pieter Aertsen   Artwork
Paul Ignatius Aucoin   Score
Matt Carlson   String Arrangements,Bass Arrangement
Maxwell McCabe Lokos   Liner Notes

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