Thursday, February 10, 2011

Beitthemeans- Crude Alabama Storytellers

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Their debut album, “Crude Alabama Storytellers” should win an award for Most Honest Album Title of The Year. Each song is a tightly wrapped story told from some dark recesses of singer/guitarist Josh Jones’s mind. I can only wonder where the ideas came from, but I ask the same thing about my favorite horror movies, yet this doesn’t limit the thrill presented by either Beitthemeans or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

What’s most difficult to understand is how this three-piece can sound like five members strong at least. Each artist brings a weight to the songs that’s as dense as a dying star. Of course Josh Jones can sing from the pits up to the rafters, but he knows when and where to pause to give way to the other “voices” in the band. Bassist Casey Wilson brings quite a bit of funk to the table, but also complimentary melody and emotion (listen to End of Time). And not to be overshadowed at all, drummer Nathan Kelley’s playing is wide and heavy. You can tell he likes a live sound, and that suits this band especially well. There’s something more impacting by the rawness each member creates that would be dulled if everything were shiny and over-produced.

Which brings me to a point of interest: this band pulls no tricks when playing live; if you like the sound of the album, that’s what you’re going to get live. I’m of the impression that this was intentional. The same captivating charm of the direct sound of the album is recreated live, and the courtship from the band to the listeners is strengthened by doing so.

Please support these guys if you like Gov’t Mule, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Creedence Clearwater Revival. But also lend an ear if you like dark and deep storytelling. These guys are unstable dynamite and might blow up when you least expect it. Trust me, you want to be there when they do!

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