Jan 12 2009

The Snake Charmers – Been Gone Too Long

Category: H-Town Rock,Music In My Earsdryvetyme @ 09:00
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The Snake Charmers - Been Gone Too Long

The Snake Charm­ers
Been Gone Too Long
Skunk Eye; 2009

Been Gone Too Long

If there’s one thing that blues and punk have in com­mon, it’s that they laud dirty, scrappy out­fits that per­form with immense heart and ded­i­ca­tion. And in a world where Pro Tools and Auto­Tune have become de rigueur pro­duc­tion devices, there’s never been a bet­ter time for organic per­for­mance val­ues to make their way back into the stu­dio. There will always be room at the musi­cal table for bands whose pri­mary pri­or­ity is to write songs that they love and love to play at the expense of adher­ing to some pre­dis­posed trend.

Thus, the “charm” of The Snake Charm­ers is a pro­nounced, fun-​loving DIY ethos, a spirit that per­me­ates Been Gone Too Long. Together since 2002, this Hous­ton, TX-​based quar­tet excels when match­ing the smoky voice of Marie Angell and her play­fully risqué lyrics with stan­dard blues pat­terns, as best evinced on “I Wanna Do Right,” “Move On Blues,” and “(I Wanna Be A) Hoochie Mama.” How­ever, on tracks like “No Mercy” and “Half A Cup,” which explore the world out­side the 12-​bar for­mat, the band sounds like they’re strug­gling. Hope­fully, with future releases, this group will find a way to firm up their over­all sound while main­tain­ing their engag­ing, high-​spirited atti­tude. There are more than a few acts out there who would do well to fol­low the raw, nat­ural exam­ple set by The Snake Charmers.

The Snake Charmers
Been Gone Too Long
Skunk Eye; 2009

Been Gone Too Long

If there’s one thing that blues and punk have in common, it’s that they laud dirty, scrappy outfits that perform with immense heart and dedication. And in a world where Pro Tools and AutoTune have become de rigueur production devices, there’s never been a better time for organic performance values to make their way back into the studio. There will always be room at the musical table for bands whose primary priority is to write songs that they love and love to play at the expense of adhering to some predisposed trend.

Thus, the “charm” of The Snake Charmers is a pronounced, fun-loving DIY ethos, a spirit that permeates Been Gone Too Long. Together since 2002, this Houston, TX-based quartet excels when matching the smoky voice of Marie Angell and her playfully risqué lyrics with standard blues patterns, as best evinced on “I Wanna Do Right,” “Move On Blues,” and “(I Wanna Be A) Hoochie Mama.” However, on tracks like “No Mercy” and “Half A Cup,” which explore the world outside the 12-bar format, the band sounds like they’re struggling. Hopefully, with future releases, this group will find a way to firm up their overall sound while maintaining their engaging, high-spirited attitude. There are more than a few acts out there who would do well to follow the raw, natural example set by The Snake Charmers.

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