Down and Outlaws photo by Jude Zasadzki
We’re pleased to bring you the stream of Down and Outlaws’ new album Above Snakes (listen below). The album will officially be released tomorrow (July 8th) and can be purchased now through iTunes.
Peter Danzig of Down and Outlaws comments:
“This album was a long time coming. We recorded the whole thing in a marathon week, though we spent almost a year demoing 25 songs that we whittled down to the 10 that made it. We did several 12-hour days in a row at the studio, and at the end of each day we still didn’t want to go home.
‘Above Snakes’ is a loud record that should be played loud, but it also has a few welcome mellow moments. When we first heard mixes of the record, we were so excited, because it was probably the first time we heard our songs the way we imagined them.
We were digging into our worth and identity as a band, and as musicians. Our collective drive and desperation, not to mention all the fun we had making the album, hopefully carries the tone of the record.”
To Down and Outlaws, it’s obvious and unavoidable. But apparently an all-for-one philosophy of songwriting and identity is an anomaly in the modern era of music.
Recorded in a marathon one-week session at Studio 606, Above Snakes finds San Francisco’s Down and Outlaws fine-tuning their place musically and striving to channel the restless, pissed off spirits of rock and roll history.
As Above Snakes – an old west term meaning “still alive” – suggests, the band believes in music that’s fresh, yet pleasantly unpolished; brash, but wary; accessible, but never cheap. In “I Don’t Care,” Peter Danzig proclaims: “I’m a sickness/ I’m a cheat/ I don’t care if I feel a thing.” And the whole band joins in to scream the title line with an urgency that proves just the opposite.
The band’s show is the source and primary outlet of that urgency. A friend recently commented, “I’ve been trying to record your set for months, but you’re too fuckin’ loud!” This music is based on freedom and escape from everything else that drags you down, if only for 40 minutes.