So West Virginia’s finest rock band The Demon Beat has a new album coming out. This album comes out New Years Eve, in just a couple days. The album release show will be at The V-Club in Huntington, WV and will feature ATS favorites The Fox Hunt and another band called Universes that I am not familiar with. By chance I will be at this show, and when the new Demon Beat album landed in my inbox I was pretty excited. The band has progressed quite a bit since last year’s “Shit, We’re 23″ and are almost in full on stoner rock mode with this album. If I had to describe it in one word it would be “epic”. Most of the 5 songs are around 8 minutes long, they blend seamlessly into each other, are simply titled “Movement 1″, “Movement 2″, etc, and the whole thing just begs to be listened to with gigantic headphones on your ears and mind altering substance of choice in your brain. Which is, I’m pretty sure what they were shooting for with this.
You see, 1956 is a concept album about Carl Perkins who released his song “Blue Suede Shoes” on New Years Day 1956 and was set to perform the song with his band in New York but was involved in an automobile accident on the way, which put him out of commission for a few months while Elvis recorded the song and it became a number one hit for him. The accompanying notes that came with this explain this story in much better detail, and I would love to post the whole thing here but I will only post a blurb:
Either way, I chose Perkins as a subject for two reasons: (a) he’s a cool motherfucker, and (b) he had grossly fortuitous shit come his way and had to deal with it. While not all of us have such a twisted story going on in our lives, shit happens in some magnitude to everyone. And we must deal.
If you are going to be near the Huntington, WV area on New Years Eve, you must get your ass to the V-Club for what is certain to be the only party in town worth going to. Find out more about the album here, check out the promo vid below, and enjoy this sample track, my favorite off this, “Movement 4″. (I almost hate to do this because the thing really needs to be listened to as a whole album, but this track will give you a good example of what to expect with the entire album)
The Demon Beat – Movement 4