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  •  BAND: BLACK EYED SNAKES

    Black Eyed Snakes

    Let's go serpent now

    The Black Eyed Snakes play the blues with influences from Muddy Waters to The Fall, topped with, um, a patina of skronk.

    By ROBIN EISGRAU
    Offoffoff.com

    The Black Eyed Snakes play a form of the blues that's irresistibly twisted and lovingly coated with noise. If you witnessed their set at Maxwell's on September 29 you saw the combustion in action, especially when "Big House" Bobby Olson's guitar fell to pieces while he was playing it.

      
    BLACK EYED SNAKES
    Bobby Olson (guitar)
    "Chicken Bone" George (guitar, vocals)
    "Smokin" Brad Nelson (drums).

    Related links: Official site
    The Black Eyed Snakes hail from Duluth, Minnesota — the Central Hillside area of town, to be exact (allegedly a not-so-nice area and where Bob Dylan hails from) and maybe that's got some thing to do with why their sound is so unique. They don't seem to be pledging allegiance to any one particular region of blues but meld something traditional into something current.

    They do standard numbers like "Mannish Boy," and "Smokestack Lightnin" on their CD "It's The Black Eyed Snakes," but also cover The Fall's "My New House" — giving each interpretation a patina of skronk that makes you wanna stamp your feet or shout.

    The band consists of Olson on guitar, "Chicken Bone" George on guitar and vocals and "Smokin" Brad Nelson on drums. (George also is one of the members of the supremely glacial Low.) These shows should be a treat as they are opening up for the always-rocking Man Or Astro Man.

    OCTOBER 21, 2001
    OFFOFFOFF.COM • THE GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE NEW YORK


    Reader comments on Black Eyed Snakes:

  • splitting Atoms on stage   from Cobain Dunce, Mar 9, 2002
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