October 1st, 2008
Blood Red Dancers are timeless.
Sweetie’s Gettin’ Mobbed
They’re an unconventional trio of bass, keyboards and rhythm with vocals primarily from Aaron Poppick that would be just as well suited for cursing the Gods from upon mountain high as they are for cracking the paint in the local venues. It teeters on the edge of self destruction – a cigarette ash 3 inches long, but still hot. Julian Thomas’ keyboards are from a psychedelic era your dad avoids talking about. Dripping with sweat and the foam of a rabid dog. The bass, again from Aaron Poppick, and drum of Kevin R. Lord create rhythmic drones that rattle the bones. They strike a primal chord in the soul, reverting it to a time when strength and teeth decided the ruling class. The songs themselves are deliberate as a steam engine. They evoke images of drafty candle lit rooms in an dilapidated inn where downstairs men obsess over broken dreams obscured by rivers of drink. The name, Blood Red Dancers is partially derived from the legends of aboriginals that would paint themselves in the blood of their enemies for celebratory dances. How’s that for imagery…Even their attire of cuffed shirts, slacks and suspenders casts them into a time before any of us can remember, right down to a dollop of palm-aide greasing back the hair.
This is not music to dance to, but it is music that will move you. You can download their free EP Let Him Fight, I’ll be in the Breadline, here. It’s broody, evocative and heavy hearted. To give it a sound, I’d say mix a little Doors, a little Tom Waits, and a little Elvis on a hella-fuggin-drug bender. Wham there you have it. Surprisingly though, the players themselves seem to dump all this out of their system while on stage. Out of the light, they’ve got a easy view of the world, contagious sense of humor and are interested in things you expect a group of fellas to be interested in; drinking, low cut blouses, listening to music, drinking and listening to music while looking above the low cut of a blouse. You know, the usual.
They have been friends since they were little, all playing and listening to music together since we were kids. Julian is both jazz and classically trained on piano. Aaron has been playing bass for ten years. Kevin’s primary instrument was not the drums but they came naturally to him. Lucky us.
Currently Blood Red Dancers are tearing up the local circuit and playing a ton of shows around Seattle. You can catch them at any or all of the shows listed below. I’d recommend grabbing their free EP here to whet the pallet.
Oct 4 – 4:00P @ REVERB Music Festival @ the Sunset Tavern
Oct 9 – 9:00P @ The Funhouse
Oct 18 – 6:00P @ the KEXP’s Audioasis at the Highdive
Nov 13 – 9:00P @ The Comet