Dan Sartain - Dan Sartain Vs The Serpientes
If dirty lo-fi rockabilly isn’t exactly the height of fashion at the moment no-one bothered to tell Dan Sartain. Crammed full of Hank Marvin guitar licks, Duane Eddy bass twangs and Johnny Cash melodies, Dan Sartain Vs The Serpientes resurrects the cool country-rockin’ styles of the 1950’s and brings them bang up to date.
With the same fondness for vintage sounds that have served the White Stripes, the Raveonettes and the Kills so well, Dan Sartian warps punk, country and rock ‘n’ roll into his own classic bedroom Americana .
‘Leeches Pt. 1’ steals the riff from ’Walk Don’t Run’ by the Ventures and hypes it up into an adrenaline rush of screaming vocals and machine gun snares.
Stand out track, ‘Romance’, is a classic 12 bar progression full of slap back echo and majestic wasp-fuzz guitars. It’s what the Rolling Stones still dream they sounded like. Perfect white boy blues.
‘P.C.B. 98’ rocks as hard as any of the new wave posers coming out of New York. It’s like Chuck Berry and the Ramones jamming in your front room.
‘I Could Have Had You’ takes half of the Shadows’ ‘Apache’ and twists it into a subtle ballad of lost love and regret that rolls along beautifully over bubblegum handclaps.
For a homemade LP, Dan Sartain Vs The Serpientes manages to capture the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. If you’re trying to find yourself a new kind of be-quiffed rebel to put your faith in, look no further. Elvis, Johnny and Gene would be proud.