We received an e-mail the other day from Red Clay River, a band from from Roanoke, VA, USA. They sent us the tracks from their latest demo CD, Cover Our Faces With Soot and Dreams which they released this spring. When we saw this picture of the band we had a feeling it was going to be something we were going to like. A lot.
The songs on the album take a trip through gypsy dances to somber drifting nights. Using string-band instrumentation mixed with creative percussion including an oil drum and bare walls, Red Clay River tell their stories with shadows and characters that slip through the pines and get lost in the night.
Influences range from Southern Gothic spirituals, down-home Delta blues, and gypsy dance songs – with southern punk roots at the wheel at all times. MM could see where the comparisons to Tom Waits, O’Death, Micah P. Hinson, Gogol Bordello, and Mark Lanegan come from. Red Clay River are currently unsigned. These songs are all self-produced and self-released.
Red Clay River is keeping the sounds of ghosts riding through the holler on their four-board pine coffins. And they’re comin’ for you boy, they’re comin’ for you….
Most recently their van and all of the equipment inside were stolen while they slept at a friend’s house in Bushwick. These folk need a change of fortune. You can help out by downloading the tracks below and if you like them as much as we do, head over here to buy the CD for $12.
Visit their MySpace here.
Download Red Clay River – Rattlesnake Mountain mp3 (from Cover Our Faces With Soot And Dreams)
Download Red Clay River – Ain’t No Blues mp3 (from Cover Our Faces With Soot And Dreams)