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DARK MEAT are an Athens ensemble mixing elements of blues, punk
rock, psychedelic jams, jazz and Zappa/Beefheart styled explosions. Imagine
THE STOOGES meets CRAZY HORSE with killer Stax / Funeral / Marching band
horns, wailing gospel-style female backing vocals, ripping guitar leads
and free jazz freakouts. Singer/guitarist Jim McHugh and bassist Ben Clack
moved to Athens from North Carolina two years ago and met guitarist Kris
and drummer Forrest while working together at a downtown restaurant. When
second drummer Spirit Bird left town, his chair was filled by cymbal
master Jason Robira. The group features a powerful backing vocal ensemble
called the Subtweeters (Heather, Page, & Claire) who can rival the vocali
ntensity of the earth shaking performances on BIG BROTHER AND THE HOLDING
COMPANY's classic LP "Cheap Thrills." The groupís massive horn section
led by Charlie (trumpet) and Aaron (trombone) comes across like a
Salvation Army mariachi brass band - and with waves of reeds from Jeff,
Al, and Becky, the songs become wildly fluid in the exploratory sections.
DARK MEATís debut album, ìUniversal Indians,î showcases the wildly
eclectic outfit at their full-throttle frenzied best.
Orange Twin Records is a record label and web site run by members of Elf Power and Nana Grizol which is raising funds for land preservation and sustainable development. We are currently working on an 150 acre eco-village in Athens, Ga. We support artists by providing an affordable place for them to display and sell artwork and music at www.orangetwin.com.
Orange Twin Records, 534 Meigs Street, Athens GA 30601 www.orangetwin.com