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Saturday, 21.07.2012, 21:21
oh what a night...
The Walkabouts (USA)
... at times as eery and freezing as a high sierra night, but also full of longing and wild and untamed as the hottest of dustbin winds ...
They're one of the greatest indie rock cult bands to come out of often rainy and culturally very fertile Seattle. Founded seemingly eons ago in 1984, they named themselves after the Nicolas Roeg classic. Their eurocentric fan base has grown very strong, their second to last album was «Acetylene» (2006) but then it took a while to birth the current «Travel in the Dustlands». Chris Eckmann, creative mastermind explains: «It took us a long time to make this album. Six years in fact. It wasn't that we stopped being a band during that time, it was  just that other things took over.» As the saying goes, life happens when you make other plans.
The band's inspirations come from folk and country music, especially Townes Van Zandt, Neil Young and Johnny Cash but also reaches out to Scott Walker, Leonard Cohen, French chansons and Jaques Brel. Their sound's multilayered and rich, sometimes supported by string arrangements next to the standard rock tools and it often sounds mellow, even melancholic. The core personnel of this band pretty much always stayed the same and their current lineup presents Chris Eckmann, Carla Togerson, Terri Moeller, Michael Wells, Glen Slater plus now Paul Austin, ex-Willard Grant Conspiracy. The work «Travels in Dustlands» is an allegory to the future of America, they say. But don't slice your wrists yet, it's a mythical journey through a wide open and barren land under a burning sun illuminated by a brilliant sky and framed by an ever expanding horizon. It's main protagonist is the bone dry desert interrupted only by empty riverbeds. Thus their poetic and visual music art succeeds in touching the loneliness and uneasy restlessness and dry desert in all of us. It's music at times as eery and freezing as a high sierra night, but also full of longing and wild and untamed as the hottest of dustbin winds. Added is ebullient dissonant slide guitar slinging and dusty feedbacks propelling the soulful blending of vocal duets by Chris and Carla. «It was a hard, slow process, a balancing act, but we're proud of the results.»
We're equally proud in bringing you this fantastic band to where there's still liquid flowing in copious amounts, we're happy to assure you. And if after their show you're looking into your last drink and you're seriously contemplating what you just saw and heard, you might ask yourself what could possibly be in the rainwater streaming down from the heavens onto Seattle.
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