Featuring Oliver Ray
[Patti Smith] and Winston Watson [Bob Dylan, Warren Zevon, Robyn Hitchcock,
Alice Cooper, Perry Farrell, Greyhound Soul]. Check a track and a clip, below.
By Blurt Staff
Incoming on November 20 is Maybe Things As They Are (Fort Lowell Records) from Saint Maybe, “unpacking
memories of AM radio and erecting signs to the future mapped out by the beat
poets.” A pretty apt descripton, at that – elements of psych noir and bluesy desert rock dot their windswept musical landscape. The group comprises (as noted
above) guitarist Oliver Ray and drummer Winston Watson, along with noted
producer/engineer/multi-instrumentalist Craig Schumacher [Neko Case, Animal
Collective, Iron & Wine, Calexico], J. Fen Ikner [Seashell Radio], Michael
P. Nordberg, Thøger Lund [Giant Sand], Kevin Pate, Chris Giambelluca [John Doe,
Jackson Browne, Andrew Bird, Calexico, Neko Case, Bob Mould], Connor Gallaher,
Naim Amor, Tommy Larkins [Richard Buckner], Tracy Shedd, and Laura Kepner-Adney
[Silver Thread Trio].
You can read enthusiastic features on theis still-young
group at the Inland Empire Weekly (“an emerging psychedelic supergroup”) and the Tucson Weekly, which writes, “Saint Maybe has a cast of some of Tucson’s finest
musicians. [They play] dynamic rock ‘n’ roll that [makes] me rethink the concept of desert rock. The flavor they inject into their
songs-the meandering, ethereal guitar riffs; the psychedelic solos; the
pleasantly undulating current of the rhythm guitar-has a vaguely familiar Tucson sound, but it also twists and turns, and really
can’t be directly compared to anything else Tucson has to offer.”).
No kidding. This is their debut long-player, and we’ll have
a review plus a feature on them later this month. Meanwhile, check out a cool
stream and an even cooler video: