If an Americana band forms in Portland will it get mentioned on ninebullets.net? If past performances are indicative of future results then I’d say they have a better chance than most. I’m not sure what it is about that city but it has found my sonic pleasure vein and keeps tapping it with new bands.
Sassparilla gets filed under Americana but it’s a lot more New Orleans than West Kentucky, and the bulk of its 8 tracks are better fitted for a Wes Anderson film than the latest episode of Justified. “Same Old Blues” just explodes out of the speakers with a 30’s speakeasy feel that immediately brings Gill Landry to mind. The songs on the album possess a lazy, deliberate pace that gives the album an undercurrent of focused maturity that really pulls the listener in, and the closer I get, the more I like what I am hearing. In fact, the only complaint I have about this album is its 8 track, 29 minute runtime. I want me more Sassparilla!
Don’t sleep on these guys folks. If they stay together they’ll be huge fish in our little pond pretty soon. Needless to say, this album is 100% Essential Listening.