Resurrectionists - Here Hope Flows Like Blood From The Nose (Self-Released)
reviewed by Michael Macomber
The footprints of the Resurrectionists can be found along the same dusty path traveled by the Alternative Tentacles act Slim Cessna’s Auto Club. Backwoods hellfire and brimstone serves as powerful inspiration for both bands. Their songs also share a steely guitar twang, a Southern note-bending style that adds a creepy twist to every lyric. Still, the Resurrectionists are not merely Slim Cessna Part Two. There’s a bit of Tom Waits here as well, not to mention a heaping helping of originality.
The clanking, lurching genius of tunes such as “The Dirty Third” and “Old Pale Face Goes To The Theater” definitely set the band apart. The blues and jazz-tinged “Cities Of The South” moves like a mountain lion sizing up its prey. “The Honeyspot Motor Lodge” comes in raging, then kicks back to a dizzying sway, spinning images of greasy sheets and ashtrays piled high with cigarette butts. “A Dry Night In Chambersburg” is a musical cousin to ’60s rock and roll, while still holding on to the band’s revivalist roots.
The closest the Resurrectionists come to the Slim Cessna sound is on “Jesus Loves You,” and this seems more like homage than imitation. Clearly, these boys respect Slim, and see a kindred soul there. But their own sound is genuine and honest, underpinned by a love for country, blues, jazz, and weird history.
For those who prefer their Americana with a side order of strangeness, The Resurrectionists are the perfect bizarre blue plate special. With every bite, you get something a little different, and by the time you’re done, you’ll be more than satisfied.