OUTLAW ORCHESTRA, THE

PANTOMIME VILLAINS (VOODOO QUEEN)

OUTLAW ORCHESTRA, THE - PANTOMIME VILLAINS 140923
Format:
1 CD
Release:
12.06.2020
Label:
VOODOO QUEEN
Kat.-Nr.:
140923
Barcode:
5055869570428
Ever-rebellious, Southern Country Rock-influenced, 4-piece powerhouse, The Outlaw Orchestra are delivering their debut album 'Pantomime Villains', a 10-track bundle of foot-stomping fun.

The Orchestra brings together David Roux (guitars/lead vocals); Ryan Smith (drums/percussion/vocals); Pete Briley (banjo/lap steel/vocals); and Alex Barter (double bass/vocals).

Sounding like they've been steeped in moonshine since birth, the band do indeed hail from the Deep South - of the United Kingdom.

Southampton, to be precise. The Outlaw Orchestra's colourful moniker comes from two things that matter, big time, to the band.

Accomplished musicianship brings the 'Orchestra' to the party, whilst their deep-set taste for irreverence, not playing by the rules, rebel hearts and sheer energy bring in the 'Outlaw' contingent.

The Outlaw Orchestra's distinctive sound and style defies simple genre labels and laughs out loud in the face of pigeonholing.

They've cooked up a unique jambalaya blend, rich in hard Southern and 70s-style Rock (like Lynyrd Skynyrd & early ZZ Top) into which they've tossed Cajun, Dixie, Country, even Flamenco - all laced with their signature dish, special ingredient 'Heavy Grass', and generous helpings of prime quality fun, sounding like Hank Williams Jnr soloing on a slap fiddle saluting traditional British metal styles in a backroom, Louisiana, old-time feel quartet.

So why 'Pantomime Villains'? The Outlaws have something to say on that score. "I can't roll a cigarette, but I can roll a G," says Banjo Picker Pete, "This is a soundtrack for Pantomime Villains".

"Welcome to the show!" says Dave, with trademark theatrical flair, "We didn't lie to you, folks: we told you that we had living, breathing musical monstrosities - these songs didn't ask to get written: seven chromatic notes and the lost chord - now living, breathing sonic enfants terrible!".

"You've got to listen BOTH ways before you cross this symphonious freeway. It's cowtown America meets Sheffield steel; it's singing for your dinner on the road; it's Love Songs for Dogs; it's cosmic anecdotes".

So, what hooks folk on The Outlaw Orchestra? Ask the biggest crowd ever pulled at Ramblin' Man's Rising Stage, or any of the audience from their repeat invitations at the Sheffield O2 because - from club-stage to festival-stage - The Outlaw Orchestra magic keeps on working.

From their first outing on a Planet Rock stage, they graced the same bills as The Darkness, Brothers Osbourne and supported Kris Barras on his 2018 UK tour.

Planet Rock flagged up The Outlaw Orchestra as "One to Watch", and went on to say, "The foursome's high-energy music is so joyous and imbued with humour that it's enough to put a grin on even the dourest cynic's chops_ In the live arena_ The Outlaw Orchestra are in their element - as anyone who bore witness to their spectacular performance at Winter's End will attest_ We urge you to check them out if you can!" Listen to The Outlaw Orchestra's in-studio recordings and you hear committed, talented and spot-on musicians, loving their craft, but in live performance you get the full experience as the band not only belt out their material con gusto, but weave anecdotes and belly-laugh stories into the mix.

They'll leave you with a sore foot from stamping, a sore face from grinning, and drops of devilish outlaw blood running through your veins.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. TAKE A BOW
  • 1.2. CHICKEN FRIED SNAKE
  • 1.3. HANGING TREE
  • 1.4. WHISKEY DRINKING LIAR
  • 1.5. ARABIA
  • 1.6. JUMPIN' JIVE
  • 1.7. IT HAPPENED AGAIN
  • 1.8. VOODOO QUEEN
  • 1.9. TOO MUCH WILLIE NELSON
  • 1.10. SEND SOME WHISKEY HOME