I’m not sure there is a single reader that will like this cd. Hell, I can’t even tell you with any degree of certainty that I like the cd, but since I can’t stop listening to it I figured I need to go ahead and write about it.

The band’s story is either mundane or awesome, depending on which of their many bios you read so I’m gonna choose one of the more fun ones. According the the band’s myspace page, The Sad Bastard Book Club came to existence somewhere in California in a cramped apartment with a floor stained with blood from the the previous tenant’s successful suicide. Over time, as friends and vagabonds in various levels of welcome wandered in and out of the apartment, the stain on the floor became something of a drunken late night conversation piece. They began to make stories about the life of the suicide victim, Carrie Anne Crowe, and those stories would eventually be put to music and thus The Sad Bastard Book Club and The Collected Short Stories Of Carrie Anne Crowe were born.

Is that true? Who cares? It’s interesting and fits the band and their sound like a glove.

Speaking of sound, how to describe the sound of The Sad Bastard Book Club is an interesting dilemma. You could call them doom-country, but I like that term for Those Poor Bastards, Sons of Perdition and bands of that ilk, and really, SBBC just doesn’t fit in with that sound. While listening to the cd I continually come back to the same comparison, and while most people will not get it I’m gonna use it anyway cause I think it’s perfect: Skinny Puppy.

Yes. The industrial group Skinny Puppy. If Skinny Puppy were to make folk music this band is exactly what they would sound like, and like Skinny Puppy, it’s hard to decide if you love it or not at times but you just keep coming back to it. For those familiar with Skinny Puppy I’ll get real precise and say that had The Process been a country/folk album, it would be The Collected Stories Of Carrie Anne Crowe.

Check out the samples and decide for yourself.

The Sad Bastard Book Club – Do You Know What Two Cents Would Have Bought You In My Day
The Sad Bastard Book Club – Thank You Corpses! Your Help Has Been Vital To Our Efforts
The Sad Bastard Book Club – Eviction Party In The United State Of Nebraska!

The Sad Bastard Book Club’s Official Site, The Sad Bastard Book Club on myspace, Buy The Collected Stories Of Carrie Anne Crowe


  1. Haha while listening to the into of Two Cents I thought “this sounds just like Josh Smalls’ picking, how can this be like Skinny Puppy?” Then the vocals came in. It’s a little dark for my taste but definitely not like anything I’ve heard before.

  2. I like this. It sounds like steampunk music, if steampunks had better taste in music. It’s a much better alternative to Abney Park anyway…

    I also think it’s close enough to Those Poor Bastards (particularly when Lonesome Wyatt is at his most gothically melodramatic) to be lumped in with them. Maybe not doom-country since you consider that very specific, but when you have a broader category like “gothic americana” encompassing Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, S.o.P., T.P.B., 16 Horsepower, and the rest, this fits right in there if you ask me.

    A new meaning to the term “industrial folk”?

    Anyway, I’m a ninebullets reader and I like it.

  3. I like this, yes; wish it had a bit more impact upfront, but maybe things creep out over time & that’s what gets the cd played over n over. much better on a second listen through for me. I don’t get the industrial bit though, not that I could come up with a better one.

  4. I see what you mean about the Skinny Puppy comparison. Several distinct elements that don’t quite blend (in SP’s case, experimental/noise/ambient, rock, classical, etc.) making up a single composition.

    “Thank You…” sounds straight up like a Skinny Puppy song with that xylophone, minimal guitar, and singing about dead animals …pretty much everything about it.

  5. Ha ha. My boss is tapping his feet, and U2 is his favorite band.

    It’s cool, thanks for sharing the good story of how they came to be.

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