See, what’s happening is that a lot of kids in
indy rock and punk rock bands are getting bored with those fairly played-out
styles. So they’re turning to the deep-rooted folk and country
sound. They’re dropping their strats and picking up mandolins and
pedal steels and forming bands like Axton Kincaid. But this isn’t
the country music of the Dolly and Porter variety. And this certainly
isn’t that phony crap being passed off as country by brain-dead
Clear Channel stations. This is a modern, idiosyncratic country style
that’s been passed through the filter of Tom Waits, Neko Case,
and the Stone Roses. But it retains the 3 and 4 part harmonies and gin-soaked
twang we expect. Their songs about misspent youth, safety tips for drunk
drivers, and missing your bartender are winning raves and fans from such
disparate quarters as All Music Guide, NPR, SF Weekly and SF Bay Guardian.
So catch the Axton Kincaid express while there are still empty seats
to be had.