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Thursday, January 29, 2009

High Noon ... at 10 p.m.

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Give Rotary Downs this: Chained to the Chariot, the band’s last (and best) album, has legs like Carl Lewis. More than two years after the LP’s fall 2006 release, singles are still springing forth from its rock-solid track list. The latest is closer “Body of an Outlaw,” a murder ballad spiked with signature dissonant guitar figures, spacey synths and singer James Marler’s eerie, “Olly-olly-olly-olly-oxen-free” exhales. The band will premiere the video for “Outlaw” during a concert at One Eyed Jacks tomorrow, but a teaser trailer is up now on its blog. 20 seconds long, it runs alluringly backward, Memento-style: a Western six-string wailing feedback; a rifle-toting body rising slowly from the ground; two bandits retreating into a train’s boxcar. Says Rotary Downs, “The video montages the real life story of Elmer McCurdy, born in January, 1880, in Washington, Maine … an Oklahoma outlaw whose mummified body was discovered in an amusement park almost 70 years after he died, in 1976.” Did McCurdy’s killers get away with it, or was the 96-year-old geezer actually done in by a class of Nu-Pike field-trippers? Only one way to find out.  


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