The world is just full of great music if you take the time to search for it. These past few years have seen a boom in great music around the world. I recently had the pleasure of listening to the Australian act Auntie Leo & The Backstabbers brand new self-titled EP Auntie Leo & The Backstabbers. What surprises me most is how much their sound seems to be inspired by what was and is going on around the states. Auntie Leo & The Backstabbers is a band that give a true salute to spacey translucent, ‘60s inspired music but with that Brian Jonestown Massacre style that molds that sound into something that’s current, and not just a homage to past sounds. To me it takes great talent to have music that salutes past times but is still original, fun and well recorded.
What blows my mind is that this EP was completely DIY recorded in a kitchen of all places! I’ve heard of the far out methods people have gone through for such things as guitar tone and vocal sound, but to have recorded everything in a kitchen just must have taken one hell of a great ear for producing. As a musician myself I have had most trouble finding a great drum sound for my recordings, but to hear that Auntie Leo just recorded their drums in a kitchen is really ingenious; great work on that guys.
I would recommend you all should take a listen to every song on this EP; it really defines the band through each song. “Running Wild” is old school with a Brian Jonestown flare to it, with some badass harmonica all over it. I know if I would see these guys live I’d be jumping and dancing like a wild man to this song.
The other song I would definitely love to see live is “Tombstone Canyon.” As the boys themselves say “Auntie Leo’s gracious ’60s tone will aid your soul’s migration as you pass through the sands of time. Become saturated by their easing surf resonance.” A little far out but they are right when it comes to “Tombstone Canyon.” I really love the surf rock inspiration; the song just has a movement to it with a Black Keys, White Stripes sounding production to really make it sound gritty and heavy.
All in all I was very pleased with what I heard. These guys are the real deal. No record company because they are the record company themselves. Auntie Leo & The Backstabbers truly love music for what it is, and are determined enough musicians to make it work, thus giving everyone else hope that good music is everywhere.
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