I’m not sure there is a single ninebullets.net 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.