Southern Culture On The Skids – Tickets – Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD – May 21st, 2016

Southern Culture On The Skids

Southern Culture On The Skids

The D-Rays

Sat, May 21, 2016

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Rams Head On Stage

Annapolis, MD


This event is 21 and over

Southern Culture On The Skids
Southern Culture On The Skids
Southern Culture On The Skids' newest album, The Electric Pinecones, was released on September 16, 2016. It's the band’s fifth album on their own label, Kudzu Records. The album features 12 original SCOTS tunes — 11 brand new songs and a whole-lotta NOLA remake of the SCOTS classic, “Swamp Fox - The Original.” All the tunes were produced and recorded at Rick’s studio in NC, The Kudzu Ranch.

The Electric Pinecones is a bit of a departure for the band conceptually and sonically. The inspiration for the record was born in an alter-ego side project from the early years of the band. “The Pinecones was folk-a-hill-a-billy garage band we used to put together just for kicks,” Miller relates. “We loved the sound of '60s west coast folk rock and psych bands. The Pinecones was our outlet for material that was not in the SCOTS vein. We even opened for ourselves occasionally. The Pinecones set list was the jumping off point for this latest collection of songs.”

The first single off the album, “Grey Skies,” is a minor key mood piece with that folk-a-billy, psychedelic sound. Listen to how the acoustic 12-string riff slides into the band’s hypnotic rhythms that propel Mary Huff’s reflective vocal into the mind’s eye of times past and love lost. “Check out the Mellotron on the chorus – that is a first for us,” Miller says.

The lead off track, “Freak Flag,” is more upbeat, but no less tweaked, with modulating guitars riding on pounding drums after the first verse. The song’s message is a good one – it is okay to be different and always respect yourself. The band debuted the song to an auditorium full of rowdy students at Carrboro Elementary School. “I was nervous,” Miller says “if the kids don’t like something they let you know, but when they started singing along with the second chorus and waving their imaginary freak flags in the air, I knew it was a hit!”

“Dirt Road” is Mary’s three-minute ode to séances, thunderstorms and good lovin’ long gone. The song is a backwoods southern gothic ghost story that opens with a big tom fill then twists and turns around a folky strum and a fuzz guitar. Mary’s spooky-good vocal takes it down that dirt road way back into the piney woods.

The album also has some country rock songs that highlight the melodic side of SCOTS, with “Baby I Like You,” “I Ain’t Gonna Hang Around” and “Given To Me” featuring some of the best harmonies Rick and Mary have ever recorded.

“Waiting On You” is the longest song on the album, coming in at 4:22; it’s a folk-garage-rocker with a sing-a-long chorus that segues into a surf raga breakdown before heading back to the big riff and out.

The album has traditional Southern Culture flavor too. Check out the remake of “Swamp Fox – The Original”. This take goes back to the beginnings of the song and is much closer to capturing the essence of the many all-nighters the band pulled in NOLA with friends and colleagues. The country funk of “Rice and Beans,” is a good humored tale of a cash strapped southern courtship, and “Midnight Caller” is Mary’s slinky R’n’B flavored woman-to-woman warning about bad men looking for good times.

Song for song, on The Electric Pinecones, Southern Culture On The Skids continues to blow minds and blur the lines between genres delivering a stellar album. From their 1985 debut Voodoo Beach Party, to their 1995 international smash, Dirt Track Date (featuring the hit single "Camel Walk"), and now to the SCOTS-ified tunes of The Electric Pinecones, 30+ years, 200+ songs and 1,000,000+ road miles in, Southern Culture On The Skids just continues to get better with time.
The D-Rays
The D-Rays
Formed in the Appalachian foothills of Athens, Ohio in 2011, The D-Rays draw from a wide number of garage/surf/punk influences to deliver their own brand of stripped down, dirty, original instrumental rock. No Walk Don’t Run, Wipeout or Miserlou here, this is something different.

“Listening to the track “The Morgellon Creep” off of their self-titled album, I imagine The Ventures being demonically possessed. Or The Stooges recording Raw Power with Dick Dale. Imagine those surf tracks from the early 60s recorded by bands like Blue Cheer, MC5, or a “roid-raged” Animals.”
Ohio Rocks the Fort – EA Poorman, Fort Wayne Reader

Driven by bass player Missy Pence and drummer Maceo Gabbard, The D-Rays’ live show reflects the short attention span of guitarist Erick Coleman. Onstage, the band gets right down to business- their alcohol-fueled set features original tunes that rarely break the two minute mark. The result is a fast moving show centered around a powerhouse rhythm section and reverb-soaked guitar.

Featuring former members of Kill Surf City, Geraldine, and The Queers, the band has performed noteworthy sets at the Nelsonville Music Festival, Los Punk Rods Greaserama, and Blackout Booking’s BlackoutFest. The D-Rays have also shared the stage with a number of road veterans including Southern Culture on the Skids, Dick Dale, Deke Dickerson, The Fleshtones, Man Man, the Supersuckers and more.

The D-Rays waste no time ripping through a tight, energetic set with tunes that will bounce around in your head days after.
Venue Information:
Rams Head On Stage
33 West St.
Annapolis, MD, 21401

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