SLIM CESSNA'S AUTO CLUB
virus269 (17 Sep 2001)
CD - $11.00 - coming soon iTunes emusic
Slim Cessna's Auto Club, the Denver band's 1995 debut, quickly sold out its initial pressing of 3,000 prompting fans to demand its re-release ever since. In Fall 2000, Alternative Tentacles released their third album Always Say Please & Thank You to spectacular reviews, and we think it's about time to re-release this classic! (Tweaked & re-mastered by Robert Ferbrache who has done awesome stuff with 16 Horsepower.)
Slim Cessna's Auto Club have been extremely popular locally since forming in 1993 and have opened for such national acts as Johnny Cash, Kristin Hersh, Cracker, Cake, Primus and fellow Denverites 16 Horsepower. Musically, they have been called alt country, country-revisionist, and psychobilly while compared to old hats like Hank Williams, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Ernest Tubb and Jimmie Rodgers. Despite their traditional roots, they're "alt" and weird enough to keep mainstream country fans at bay.
This release contains fourteen gems soaked in country, hillbilly and gospel (which makes sense since Slim's father was a baptist preacher) with banjo, fiddle, accordion, pedal-steel, and Slim's signature falsetto yodel.
"Like countless country performers before him, Cessna weaves together the conflicting elements of Saturday night and Sunday morning. Light is fueled with dark, sin with salvation, hearth and home with the lost highway." from "Psychobilly Stars"
- Denver Post (1999)
"...the best band at SXSW was Slim Cessna's Auto Club, a Denver 6 piece that combines the best of bluegrass and backwardass-like a crazed punk band crashing into a gospel hoe-down, the band swerved preachy to creepy with a downhome flair."
- Spin Online
"The Auto Club offers a twangful hybrid of whiskey-fueled country and a pseudo-spirituality that makes lyrical fodder of even the most religious themes - something Slim attributes to "the angels and demons that live in my head."
- Westword's Music Awards Showcase
"The country band that plays the bar at the end of the world."
- Jello Biafra