• Slim Cessna's Auto Club with o'death and Stephen Bartolomei

    Slim Cessna's Auto Club with o'death and Stephen Bartolomei

    Thu, December 1, 2016

    Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

    The Bell House

    Brooklyn, New York

    $15.00 - $18.00

    Tickets Available at the Door

    This event is 21 and over

    Slim Cessna's Auto Club
    Slim Cessna's Auto Club
    In September 2016, Slim Cessna's Auto Club is releasing its new album The Commandments According to SCAC. It has been twenty-four years since Slim Cessna parted ways with The Denver Gentlemen, that grand progenitor of the peculiar strain of Gothic Americana unique to the Mile High City, to form Slim Cessna's Auto Club with a group of talented peers.

    Many bands with a long and successful run like that would stick close to its roots. But rather than rest on well-earned laurels, the Auto Club challenged itself to break with well-worn modes of operating for the new record.

    Wallace Stenger may have captured the spirit of the west in his 1971 novel Angle of Repose. Jim Thompson surely exposed the lurid underbelly of the Western experience. Cormac McCarthy definitely evoked the conflicted, tortured spirit of small town life on the frontier. William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor informed all of them with a humor and soulfulness. It is that literary tradition that imbues the harrowing and celebratory sound and riveting stories of Slim Cessna's Auto Club. And for a full twenty years it was largely in that realm of art that the Auto Club reveled and garnered a loyal cult following well beyond the boundaries of The Queen City of the Plains.

    But no band can be satisfied with treading the same territory that it helped to define forever. The
    Commandments According to SCAC, will be the first full length album of original material released on the Auto Club's own imprint, SCACUNINCORPORATED.

    The title evokes the themes of cosmic punishment and redemption that have served the band's songwriting engine so well in the past. But this set of songs sounds more hopeful and expansive, a quality that was always there but this time out the brighter sides of the songwriting are emphasized. Hints of this saw early full-flown expression on 2008's Cipher and Unentitled from 2011.

    With The Commandments, however, the Auto Club seems to step forward into the promise of its own
    possibilities. It remains capable of the heady darkness and celebratory intensity with which it made its name.

    Now that charmingly dusky and spare sound breathes with a color and delicacy of feeling that perhaps sat in the background in times past. Maybe it's partly due to the greater creative contributions from longtime collaborator Rebecca Vera and The Peeler or the inclusion of upright bass player Ian O'Dougherty. But the core of the band's songwriting and sound is anchored firmly in the vision of Slim, Munly Munly and Lord Dwight Pentacost.

    Whatever the true source of this transformation, The Commandments According to SCAC sounds like a band marshaling its creative inspiration to mark out a new chapter of its existence. When you get to see the Auto Club tour following the album's release, you'll get to see an already mighty band reinvigorated by this new spirit as well as by the fire that has long burned in its collective belly.

    For more information, please visit http://scacunincorporated.com
    o'death
    o'death
    As o’death wrapped up production on their third studio album Outside at the end of 2010, lead-singer/guitarist Greg Jamie relocated to Biddeford, Maine, to take over a local music and arts venue and turn it into The Oak and The Ax. Since then, Maine and The Oak and The Ax have become a second home for o’death and eventually the location for the recording of their fourth full-length studio album.

    The band convened in South Portland, ME, to work with lo-fi recording guru, Caleb Mulkerin (Big Blood, Fire On Fire, Cerberus Shoal) and to take advantage of the homey space in Biddeford they had performed in many times since 2011. On Out of Hands We Go, o’death return to a focus on live performances with Jamie’s voice and lyrics planted firmly in the center of the band’s dynamic arrangements, a stark departure from the multi-tracked and meticulously overdubbed Outside.
    Stephen Bartolomei
    Stephen Bartolomei
    Stephen Bartolomei is a songwriter living in New York, originally from Omaha, Nebraska. He has shared the stage with other great songwriters and bands alike (including Simon Joyner, Nina Nastasia, Calexico, Centro-Matic and many more).

    Recently Stephen and His Comrades recorded a new album at Electrical Audio in Chicago, with Steve Albini at the controls.
    Venue Information:
    The Bell House
    149 7th Street
    Brooklyn, New York, 11215
    http://www.thebellhouseny.com/