Here’s something a little different to end your week. The Outlaw Orchestra blast out ‘heavygrass’ – a lively combination of banjo, lap steel, double bass and raucous, heavy electric guitar. Influenced by southern country-rock, The Outlaw Orchestra hail from the deep south of the United Kingdom. The video features live performance footage interspersed with stop-motion animation of the band members’ ‘claymation’ alter-egos in a fast-food joint.
‘Chicken Fried Snake’ is taken from the band’s debut album, ‘Pantomime Villains’, released today, 29th May. Dave Roux (guitars / vocals) says of the video: “My inspiration sprung from watching The Old Grey Whistle Test as a kid. The song ‘City Of Tiny Lights’ by Frank Zappa was aired with this incredible Claymation video which became rock video history. I watched it with all the other music kids from the area. We went onto make our own Morph-style videos with my Dad’s Super 8 camera. Back then we had to send off the film in the post, get it back weeks later, then edit it with Sellotape and scissors. We’d then have everyone over to watch as Dad set up the cine-projector. The ‘Chicken Fried Snake’ video is a Zappa-inspired offering, filtered through the Outlaw Orchestra mindset.
‘Chicken Fried Snake’ is a Deep South dish of Southern rock that spawned from my mishearing a reply to ‘What’s on the special board tonight?’ in a Louisiana diner. It’s a culinary vacation for the mind that captures the heat, the flavours, the spices of being in Swampville America, packaged in a thumping hard rock track. It’s Creedence meets ZZ Top: it’s a cosmic feast for the brain and a horror for the belly.”
Head-bang your way into the weekend with ‘Southern Fried Snake’ on the menu.