The Sadies
New Seasons
Outside distribution/yep roc
Since their last trip into the studio on 2005’s superb Favourite Colours, The Sadies have released a surf-driven instrumental soundtrack to a documentary on hot rod designer Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Tales of the Rat Fink, and a blistering two-disc live album, In Concert, Vol.1. New Seasons marks a slight change, with a psychedelic flavour and lo-fi production giving it an older, analogue ambiance that fits comfortably with the group’s vintage sound. But fans shouldn’t worry: their old sound---Buck Owens meets Dick Dale, crossed with Roky Erickson---still dominates. What makes The Sadies so damn good is not only their approach to alt-country, but their growth as songwriters on each disc makes this one their finest yet. Featuring guest spots from Rick White (Elevator/Eric’s Trip), Howe Gelb (Giant Sand) and The Good Brothers, New Seasons opens with a hot riff filled with old-school country instrumentals, then drops into trippy alt-country pop. Cuts such as “What’s Left Behind” echo The Byrds’ Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde to Untitled era, while “Never Again” has a classic 1960s Bakersfield sound. Lacking the instrumentals that highlighted other discs, New Seasons still shows Travis and Dallas Good’s sharp harmonies, only hinted at on earlier releases. It probably won’t win converts but should be devoured by anyone who loves psych-garage rock or Nashville West country.
Trevor MacLaren
categories: Coast pick

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