In the blink of a quarter-life crisis' eye, Slim Cessna's Auto Club hit a milestone. While the good ol' crisis medicated and drank itself out of panic disorder, Denver's country gothic group turned 25 and released its 10th album, "The Commandments According to Slim Cessna's Auto Club," (September) on its own shiny new label.
And it's pretty dang good. (Full disclosure: Been a fan for years.)
After recently relocating back to Denver from years in Pittsburgh, co-frontman Slim Cessna rejoined his crew and formed SCAC Unincorporated Records, with "The Commandments" as its first full-length album of original material. Catch Slim Cessna's Auto Club at the Artery in Fort Collins Saturday at 8 p.m. or at Oskar Blues in Lyons on May 6.
The band live is a must-see. It's not a concert. It's a monster revival with Slim and Jay Munly preaching at pulpit.
"The Commandments According to Slim Cessna's Auto Club" has 10 new tracks that delve into a bit more depth than prior work. With American folk at its roots, deep gospel coming from the belly of a beautiful beast, a lot of boot-stomping rock 'n' gothic roll, the antiqued style still shines through — but leans a bit more on the sunny side of life.
Not that the band isn't capable of fusing cheer into a sturdy rapport, but the addition of Rebecca Vera's vocals and some upbeat licks to co-frontman Munly's banjo (which quite clashes with his mien), the 10 tracks of 10 commandments pairs the ominous songwriting of Munly with lighthearted beats.
Aside from Slim and Munly, Dwight Pentacost is still slaying the double-necked guitar, and the crew added Vera (cello), Ian O'Dougherty (upright bass, of Ian Cooke, Uphollow) and Todd "The Peeler" Moore (drums).
Here's the group's new album, still hanging strong to its signature Colorado sound: