The Mystery of The Sirocco Bros

In my infinite quest of finding out about new bands, artists, albums, etc. I stumbled on some interesting YouTube videos. They played samples of two songs each by a band called The Sirocco Bros. I absolutely loved what I heard. Very low fi yet loud.  Hypnotic guitar. Obviously new but felt the song could pass for actual 50s recordings. They weren’t doing quite what other rockabillly bands were doing. They to me, sounded more underground. They were harnessing really obscure rockabilly. Like a more organized version of Hasil Adkins. (not a single joke in the first paragraph, I’m so proud of myself)

They released their music through 45s. Great idea in my opinion. 45s are for DJs. And that got DJs playing them at shows. Let me tell you, “Stomp” sounds amazing on loud speakers. Eventually they released all their singles digitally on the album “Sirocco” and later a physical release (cause you can’t say cd or even compact disc anymore kids) called “Shake”. Such a damn good album. Its so dark and yet uplifting (like lift your ass to the dance floor exorcise some demons). “Devil Bones” almost feels like its being recording during a Voodoo Ceremony. No joke, I’m almost certain dark magic was used in making this collection of songs.

So I’ve been a fan for a bit. It’s currently May 2016 and I realized I know absolutely nothing about the band. I just know they have music, thats it. Now there are bands I listen to that I have no clue as to what they look like or anything. I have them LIKEd on Facebook and I can’t recall ever seeing a photo of the band. Never a live shot. Never seen their name on a show or event poster. Cant even name a single member. So I decided to check out their Facebook page and browse through their photos.

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Only promo pics of their 45s and albums. Who are these guys? I went as far as to start googling. Now I’m pretty web savvy. I can hunt down virtually anything. I mean it. I’m someone who can brag about their search engine skills! But all my efforts went nowhere. Outside of the Rollin Records pages (where you can purchase their amazing 45s) I couldn’t find jack. These guys were a complete mystery!

So I went asking around for information. I asked for guesses. I had my own. I assumed they were the ghosts of obscure 50s rockabilly artists that came together to form a super group. But they can’t perform live or take photos of themselves because ghosts can’t be photographed. One guy came to me with this:

I have a picture of them that was discovered in a Peruvian coal mine, apparently they are several hundred years old.

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I had a sneaking suspicion this a was a hoax(IT IS!!!!!). Who is this mystery band! I sent the band an email on their Facebook. According to fb it was read almost immediately but absolutely no reply. At one point I began to suspect The Sirocco Bros were merely a figment of imagination. Maybe I’m in the matrix! IS ANYTHING REAL!

It was around this period of time of me questioning reality that I saw a comment on Facebook by a mystery man who I’m sure wears a black trench coat and sunglasses throughout the day (I’m probably extremely wrong on that….I am). He went on to explain that the members of The Sirocco Bros were all established uk rockabilly artists that did not want to tour. Just record music. With no interest in being stars.

What a genius concept. I know artists have done similar thing in the past (the Phantom, Los Straight Jackets). But here’s a band that’s completely about the music. No crazy stage shows. No one talking about someones sweet pomp. 100% about the music (more like 95% about the music and 5% the cover art). Maybe one day we might be graced by these guys presence at a festival (might have to update my fantasy weekender post). I’m not going to complain. As long as they keep doing what they do I’ll buy it!

For their most recent ep you can purchase to download HERE

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Come back next time where I’ll review the Nashville Boogie weekender that I didn’t go to. Based purely on instagram pics and YouTube videos!

Update: A couple of days after writing this blog I received a very nice email from The Sirocco Bros back.

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WILD RECORDS! A Love Letter

It was 2011 and I had been out of the psychobilly and rockabilly world for the majority of the last 2 years(Ill cover this in a blog entry in the future).  I was dating a girl in the scene. She had a big collection of cds on her and I noticed she had the Rhythm Shakers album Flipsville. I asked if I could borrow it since I had been slowing getting back into the scene and had some folks tell me to check them out. She said yes and let me borrow a pile of cds. Including: Santos, Chuy and the Bobcats, Will and The Hi Rollers, and a compilation called Young Breed. I noticed everyone one had the same logo for the same record label. Four broken letters that spelled WILD! When I got home I popped in one of the cds (don’t remember which one….so sue me!) and my eyes opened, my jaw dropped! I couldn’t believe something like this existed. It felt like I was listening to pure rock n roll for the first time in my life.

The albums felt sweaty. Best way to describe the feeling is “sweaty”. There was energy there that I felt was completely natural. Loud records that weren’t loud for the hell of it. They were loud because they had to be. The music is organic.  Recorded on tape. Nothing digital. No pro tools (stuff lazy bands and producers use). From what I’ve heard most albums are done in one or two sessions within a 24 hour period ( I own their documentary Los Wild Ones on vudu, I heavily recommend buying it). Did I mention they’re loud! I can put on my headphones, turn the volume all the way up and the guy next to me can clearly hear someone whistling in the back ground of the track. I’m not going to use the term retro. Or 50s sound. Its just pure rock n roll!

Notice I held off on saying rockabilly on that second paragraph? Wild isn’t just a rockabilly label. They are a pure rock n roll. With their own sound. The WILD sound. Created by the guys behind the sound board Reb Kennedy and Omar Romero. If anything most of the bands sound like fast garage bands with a stand up bass. Some sound like if they were a 1950s punk band if there were punk bands in the 1950s.

They don’t just stick to the rockin sound with Rhythm Shakers, and the bands I mentioned earlier, Hi Strung Ramblers, Dusty Chance and the All Nighters, The Desperados. They can veer towards blues: The Delta Bombers (BUY ALL THEIR ALBUMS NOW!!!) Country: with Jimmy Dale and the Beltline. First wave punk: The Black Mambas. Soul: Gizzelle (notice if just said Gizzelle and not lil Gizzelle) and Alex Vargas (his album Smooth as Ice will cause pregnancy). New young and exciting acts : Savage Breed, The Downbeats. And whatever the hell Y Los Blancos is I love it!!

The Bands are great people. I’ve hung out with bands at shows. I chat with them online. I got a ride home once with The Hurricanes. I once tried jumping a 3 foot tall fence to say hi to a bunch of bands and fell crushing my bathing suit area. I love this label. As long as they’re around I’m going to support them. I buy their cds (YES A HUMAN BEING STILL BUY CDS!), I own their dvds, 45 records (though I’m not a dj), I got a ton of shirts, and I have their logo tattooed on me.This entry to simply of love letter to them. If any of you are reading this thank you so much for making the last 5 years more exciting.

Come back friday where ill either give you part 2 of my Mike Ness Syndrome series. Or I’ll go into how men can stroll and still look manly (spoiler, a dead homeless guy is involved).

p.s. you can check out wild records at there website WILD RECORDS also check out the videos i posted. google them. go on youtube to look up their videos and more music. Don’t worry other labels I’ll be posting more stuff on other labels as well.