.357 STRING BAND – LIGHTNING FROM THE NORTH


I became a .357 String Band fan two songs into seeing them on the stage at Deep Blues Festival 2. At the time I’d never heard of them, but I made a note that it was time to remedy such things. Since that festival I’ve caught them live here in Tampa a handful of times, even bringing them to town as an official ninebullets show the last time they were around. That said, I’ve never once written about one of their cds. That really wasn’t by accident. See, as much as I’ve loved watching these guys live, their cds never really managed to hold me. Amongst .357 fans I am a minority, I know, but the breakneck pace of those albums tended to wear on me when it was coming from a CD instead of a stage. For the first five songs of Lightning From The North very little was different, as the speed metal meets a string band sound .357 has patented was played out to near perfection. The came “Oh, Adilene” and the album changed and I was falling in love all over again.

Now I’m not suggesting that the album becomes a bunch of woeful ballads from there on out. It just seems to become more melodic, more willing to settle into and ride a groove instead of forcing as many notes as possible into every bar. This could be all perception due to the prominence of the fiddle on this album, but after repeat listens I really don’t think that’s the case. It seems to me that here on their third album the band has settled into their “sound” and are beginning to mature and branch out within it, and as a result we get gems like “Oh, Adilene” and “The Days Engrave”. I suppose there are some long time fans that’ll be put off by this growth, but I for one welcome it and look forward to hearing where it will take them in the future. Meanwhile, their present is a spot on the Essential Listening list.

.357 String Band – Oh, Adilene
.357 String Band – The Days Engrave
.357 String Band – Rags to Rags

.357 String Band’s Official Site, .357 String Band on myspace, Buy Lightning From The North

TOPICAL 9B IN THE WILD PIC:

Last week, long time 9B reader Goerth Koeppe sent me this picture of him (in a 9B shirt) and .357 String Band:

9 thoughts on “.357 STRING BAND – LIGHTNING FROM THE NORTH”

  1. You and your new music, you’re gonna make me go broke! I still need to buy the damn Fox Hunt record (hey, I get paid tomorrow!)

  2. I really love this band and enjoy all of their albums equally. It was the first time I saw them live, closing a warm-up night for a small metal festival here in Northern Germany…and it was fantastic! I had a great time and they politely suffered through my drunk rambling after the gig, hehe. And of course they recognized the shirt!

  3. Funny, we were just talking about these guys on the Real Country Roundtable, wondering if they had lost something since Jayke Orvis left.

    Nothing compares to them live, but their album “Fire & Hail” is a standout album. Like the new one a lot as well.

  4. It took my a little while to figure out this album… I think it’s more consistent then their previous efforts, but I just don’t think it has the standout awesome tracks that their previous two albums did. When I first listened to those, numerous times I just had to listen to a song again (like Thank You, High Lonesome Blues, Stillest Hour, etc.). I didn’t really feel that with the new album though.

  5. This band rips live! They played a few shows here in the Netherlands with Bob Wayne a couple of weeks ago and I went to all of them (and danced my tuches richt off!). Really nice guys too!

  6. Requesting performance in FingerLakes region of NY! Come to wine counrty, PLEASE! Ride again my friends god bless.

  7. I WENT TO THE SILVERDOLLER IN ELISEBETH MN.EXPECTING TO SEE ADAM HAMMER,BLIND JOE,AND. 357STRINGS…R.. SOMETHING.THE LAST BAND WAS HIGHLY RECOMENDED BY A FREND(SOMETHING OF A .357 FAN(atic).
    NOW, I GREW UP WITH ADAM,AND HIS WIFE. HE PLAYED HIS HEART OUT(THE USUAL,FOR ADAM).AFTER A FEW HOURS OF DOUBLE E&J , CATHY(ADAM’S WIFE) MATCHING ME ROUNDS(W. O’DOULS)I WAS PAST BLIND JOE,WANTTED TO WAKE UP ALITTLE.I WENT OUTSIDE FOR A BREATHER&MET TWO BIG FANS OF THIS LAST BAND WHO TOLD ME TO HOLD OUT FOR THE END OF THE SHOW,”THESE GUYS ARE ALRIGHT FOR A “STRINGPICK’N HIPPY BAND”SAID THIS GUY WHO LOOKED LIKE HE WAS GOING TO HIS FIRST DAY @ THE TIRE CENTER.
    to shorten a long story:those bastards where .357., and i’ve never been so aaaaw struck scince violentfemmes broke out into “eep-oop-ork-ah-ah-means that i love u”as i was when “tireboy” did the pogo thing down the stage ON his base.HE NEVER MISSED A BEAT!(‘corse he was setting the beat-NOT THE POINT.)I EVEN GOT A SLY GRIN&A SKIP OF THE BANJO FROM THE “OTHERGUY” AS I PAID FOR MY SHIRT,HALF/DOZEN STIKERS,AND 2 LATEST ALBUMS “8TRACKS, TAPES,YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.
    THE STRINGS ARE “T.T.T.TIGHT!THE SONG LYRICHS ARE ON PAR,AND THERE STAGE SHOW IS NEXT TO NONE.
    COME BACK TO THE SILVER DOLLER GUYS! THE NEW OWNERS NAME IS BEN(up&comeing fan).yo’ll not regret it,i promise.thanx-
    billijo.

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