I’ve been waiting for this Elliott Brood record to arrive in the mail for a couple of week. Yesterday the mailman delivered. Ellioot Brood is the name of the trio led by Canadian singer/songwriter Steve Pitken. Their new record is the wonderfully packaged cd Ambassador on Six Shooter Records.
From what I’d read and heard of the band I expected a record similar to last years alt-country masterpiece Jimsom Weed by Nathan or maybe something resembling the california inspired country rock of Ox (both Canadian bands). Instead what I’ve got is a stranger and altogether more challenging and in some ways a more exciting record.
I don’t have a handle on it yet but I did want to share it with you asap. The vocals on nearly every song are distorted or contorted in one way or another (either naturally by the singer or artificially in the studio). The music swings from being guitar driven trio rock (“will”) to satanic banjo swamp blues (“President 35″). The label compares their music to a dust storm raging outside and I think that’s partly right. The band calls it Death Country. Buy it here soon.
Bonus song from Elliott Brood debut ep (buy it here)