IN SUMMER OF 2009, SONIC ZEN RECORDS RECORDED AND PLAYED TROMBONE FOR THE FAMOUS.
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Called “an American Original" by the All Music Guide, The Famous forge a sound that “combines the transcendent roar of punk with the brutal honesty and black wit of traditional country," as heard on their debut album Light, Sweet Crude. To put it another way: take the '50s-era country of Hank Williams Sr., filter it through '70s punk rock, '80s psychobilly, and '90s post-punk and you'll find yourself staring eye-to-eye with San Francisco's own “Pixies in a cowboy hat."
The band's 2010's Come Home to Me, finds founding members Laurence Scott (vocals) and Victor Barclay (guitar) refining Light, Sweet Crude. They've perfected their signature raw-country-meets-post-punk sound while maturing some of the more manic elements that made their debut such a bold statement. From Pixies-esque pop gem Mano Negra‚ to warm-hearted ballad Every Day, Scott's vocals are more self-assured and effective than ever and Barclay's guitar playing showcases a mastery of country twang, rock crunch, and searing solos. Behind them are Chris Fruhauf (drums), G.D. Hensley (bass), with guest appearances by Bay Area pedal steel legend Joe Goldmark, and jazz trombonist Charlie Wilson whose contributions bring new textures to The Famous' sonic landscape.
Come Home To Me chronicles four years of change, both political and personal. Scott's two-year sojourn in the southwest desert of Tucson and his eventual return provided much of the inspiration for this latest material. With tales of lost and found love, renewal of belief, and modern parables of social upheaval, Come Home To Me evokes the themes and stark imagery found in Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy or Luis Alberto Urrea's “The Devil's Highway.
Recorded on the band's home turf in San Francisco, mixed in Dallas by Grammy winner Stuart Sikes (the White Stripes, Loretta Lynn, Cat Power), and performed at festivals including Toronto's North by Northeast and Denver's South Park Music Festival, the new songs on Come Home To Me have been forged by the open road and the American West. Their debut garnered rave reviews from fans and critics and enjoyed heavy rotation on college and Internet radio. Come Home to Me is poised to take the band even further.