x
Artist of the Month
the_deli_magazine
  • local channel
  • local charts
  • studios
  • submit
  • submit

 
deli cover
                                     
July 2014
Cadillac Flambe
"Old American Law
"
mp3

Some bands have the ability to create music that reaches into a chasm of sorrow and affliction, exposing the deepest of wounds. With its latest release Old American LawCadillac Flambe boasts nine heavily weighted tracks that escort the listener through calamitous musical compositions, and tragic tales told by the mesmerizing vocals of husband and wife Kris and Havilah Bruders.

 
Since its previous release, Eli’s Porch, Cadillac Flambe has had to adjust its sound. The band’s harmonica player James “Pappy” Garrett, who was an integral component to its dark Americana blues approach, died in a car accident during the making of the 2011 EP. Shrinking down to a four-piece, the band has shifted in a decidedly more rock ‘n roll direction, still retaining its rootsy nature but packing a more substantial punch.
 
Ushered in by Kris Bruders’ signature gritty blues guitar sound, “Shakin’ Baby” sets the album in motion, highlighted additionally by Michael Payne’s massive but calculated drum work and Dave Duly’s perfectly in-the-pocket bass playing. On this album, Payne and Duly add a collective rhythmic wallop unheard in previous recordings, pervading the tunes with a rock and R&B heartbeat.
 
After the first track, you’re likely in for the ride, which allows Cadillac Flambe to pull you in to its turbulent descent.
 
This emotional tailspin careens to its greatest depths in “3 Bullets,” the album’s longest and most powerful track—one split into two distinct acts. In Act I, Havilah Bruders tells the story of a desperate mother trying to feed her child, reaching out to the church, the government, and the bank, and is turned away by each. Act II arrives in the middle of the song, which slows from a steady 4/4 to a haunting 6/8 groove, as she discloses the news of her child’s death. A chilling anguish is felt as Bruders’ voice rages, a deliriousness is experienced as she transitions from a quiet whimper to a grief-stricken roar, also revealing the song's final crux: the woman has murdered the three entities that indirectly caused her child's death. Her soul and gospel background is most noticeable here, as she carries us through each scene and makes us feel her misery and despair, measure by measure. It’s also apparent in “Sweet Chariot,” where she takes us through a woman’s frenzied fear of impending death, into her answered prayers of serenity and light.
 
Most of the songs on Old American Law were penned by Kris Bruders, whose own vocals have a mystic, commanding, but sincere quality to them. Take “Father to Son” for instance, a narrative about a father’s beliefs and pressures onto his son. Bruders’ vocal delivery at once contains the father’s threatening tone and the son’s subsequent harsh, casual defiance. In the album’s title track, his voice characterizes the overall personality of the album. His words and the dusty Delta blues sound of his hollow-body custom magnesium guitar convey the voice of an uncompromising outlaw. Bruders’ authoritative, booming vocals—often coupled with his wife’s harmonies, sometimes impassioned, sometimes a simple adornment to his own—and the unique gravel of his guitar dig into the meat of each song.
 
Plenty of bands write songs about death, family strife, social issues, and religious conviction, yet few are able to execute it as effectively as Cadillac Flambe does in Old American Law. The throttle of the rhythm section, the bedraggled, melancholy guitar tones, the dissonant piano chords, and the soulful vocals push the message of each song to the forefront. The LP, which was tracked, mixed, and mastered at Little Class Records by Keegan Smith, is the strongest manifestation of anything the band has released to date. 
 
--Michelle Bacon

 

Rate the Artist:


Please visit The Deli's full web charts organized by genre and region.


Go to Charts

Cancel

scene blog

Best of KC for Emerging Artists Final Results: Radkey wins hands down!

Best of KC for Emerging Artists Final Results: Radkey wins hands down!

Deli Readers,

We are proud to announce that The Deli’s Best Emerging Kansas City Artist of 2012 is Radkey! The three-piece punk wonder brothers have swept the competition, with a landslide of votes from our local music jurors.  Taking second place is the sultry, syncopated group Making Movies, followed closely by recent NYC-to-KC garage pop duo Schwervon!.

Take a look at our chart of 48 Kansas City area bands below. The highest value of votes came from our jurors, who included individuals involved in local music. This includes promoters, venue owners, press, record storeowners, and other music experts. The remainder of votes was compiled by The Deli KC contributors, readers, and open submissions voted on by national Deli editors. Congrats to everyone who made the list!

 
ARTIST
J
W
R
OS
TOT
 
1
Radkey
36
3
0.028
1
40.028
2
Making Movies
10
 
0.052
1
11.052
icon
3
Schwervon!
7
3
0.029
1
11.029
icon
4
Antennas Up
8
2
0.007
 
10.007
icon
5
Dream Wolf
6
1
0.119
1
8.119
icon
6
The Quivers
2
3
0.057
1
6.057
icon
7
Molly Picture Club
5
 
0.046
1
6.046
icon
8
Shy Boys
6
 
0.004
 
6.004
icon
9
Dollar Fox
2
1
2
1
6
icon
10
She's A Keeper
4
1
0.12
 
5.12
icon
11
The Conquerors
4
 
0.041
 
4.041
12
The Empty Spaces
2
1
0.011
1
4.011
icon
13
Expo 70
4
 
0.005
 
4.005
icon
14
Gentleman Savage
1
 
1.5
1.5
4
icon
15
Cadillac Flambe
3
 
0.5
 
3.5
icon
16
Clairaudients
3
 
0.141
 
3.141
icon
17
Attic Wolves
2
 
0.086
1
3.086
icon
18
Conflicts
3
 
0.076
 
3.076
icon
19
Not A Planet
3
 
0.055
 
3.055
icon
20
The Sibyl
3
 
0.046
 
3.046
icon
21
Man Bear
 
 
0.015
3
3.015
22
The Bad Ideas
3
 
0.008
 
3.008
icon
 
The Caves
3
 
0.008
 
3.008
icon
24
Akkilles
3
 
0.005
 
3.005
icon
25
Beautiful Bodies
3
 
0.001
 
3.001
icon
26
We Are Voices
 
 
1
2
3
icon
27
Bears and Company
1
1
0.5
 
2.5
icon
 
Me Like Bees
2
 
0.16
 
2.16
icon
29
In Back of a Black Car
2
 
0.058
 
2.058
icon
30
Jorge Arana Trio
1
1
0.014
 
2.014
icon
31
Tiny Horse
2
 
0.008
 
2.008
icon
32
The Heavy Figs
2
 
0.007
 
2.007
icon
33
Shades of Jade
2
 
0.005
 
2.005
icon
34
Drew Black and Dirty Electric
1
1
0.001
 
2.001
icon
 
Quiet Corral
1
1
0.001
 
2.001
icon
 
Spirit is the Spirit
2
 
0.001
 
2.001
icon
37
The Republic Tigers
2
 
 
 
2
icon
 
The Phase
2
 
 
 
2
?
39
Cowboy Indian Bear
1
 
0.069
 
1.069
icon
40
The B'Dinas
1
 
0.044
 
1.044
icon
41
Gemini Revolution
 
 
0.017
1
1.017
icon
42
Oils
1
 
0.012
 
1.012
icon
43
The Blackbird Revue
1
 
0.01
 
1.01
icon
44
The Elders
 
 
0.008
1
1.008
icon
45
Ghosty
1
 
0.004
 
1.004
icon
46
The Dead Girls
1
 
0.004
 
1.004
icon
47
Ssion
1
 
0.002
 
1.002
icon
48
John Maxfield
 
 
0.001
1
1.001
icon
Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers, 
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

--Michelle Bacon


aom
Which of these acts should be The Deli's next Kansas City Artist of the Month?

[sponsored by]



- news for musician and music industry peeps -