TIP OF THE TONGUE 01 DECEMBER 2013
The Cherry Blossoms
Live In Amsterdam
Hairy Spider Legs No Cat
Staggering new live album from this legendary underground post-Velvets country –honk outfit and big VT faves: only New Zealand’s The Garbage & The Flowers come close to the narcotic, brink-of-falling apart VU bliss of Nashville’s Cherry Blossoms, who mainline classic American song-forms as part of a wonked historical umbilical that runs from The Godz and The Fugs at their slum goddess peak through Cordell Jackson, NRBQ, Smegma, Henry Flynt and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy.
Live they are an absolute dream, as anyone who witnessed their legendary – and completely incongruous – set at Glasgow’s Instal fest back in the day. Vocalist Peggy Snow can re-think traditional folk phrasing with alla the heartbreak of your favourite Christmas carol, power-beaming visions of angel choirs into the simplest two chord folk lament as on the staggering “Lay The Cloud Thin”, with its stratas of female vocal bliss. Their mutant take on Doctor Ross’s original Sun recording, “Boogie Disease”, pretty much re-locates it to Saturn, with glorious New Angloid Sound-style kazoo hysteria and a Half Japanese-plays-Diddley-beat feel. It’s jaw dropping. And when the sound of “Roman Aqueducts” comes marching in it feels like the Albert Ayler jug band playing hallelujah in the face of the final judgement. Peerless American goodtime music straight out of the mystery zone and a major contender for one of the last-minute records of the year. Love this group so much – highest possible recommendation!