The Famous bring together a punk influence with traditional country, yielding music that seems to emerge only from California. I always imagine skateboarders who listen to country, not for the irony, but for the cool-factor. In the case of The Famous, though, their music is as much a product of the craft brewing scene as anything else. From brew pubs to brew fests–even a song in homage to their favorite beer–The Famous have found a well-heeled, selective audience for their music in the greater San Francisco Bay region.
The Famous’s live performance, though, is as carefully mastered as the beers their fans enjoy. The Famous’s “Experience” combines the group dynamics of evangelism with the imagery and actions of a revival, with their music as the centerpiece, not religion. While not as irreverent as Reverend Horton Heat, one can easily see why The Famous are a logical opening act for them.
Lyricist Laurence Scott views himself as the musical weak link in the band, but his role as showman keeps him in the forefront. Working closely with Victor Barclay who writes the basis of their music, the two flesh out each song and develop them further with the rest of the band. From their debut Light, Sweet Crude to their current record, Come Home to Me, The Famous have defined themselves to their selective fans. Their upcoming release will be their first to take on a national scope, just at the right time.
Songs in Episode 1209 Include:
- 3 from The Famous’sCome Home to Me
- Old 97’s “Eyes for You” from their Early Tracks
- Drag the River “Death of the Life of the Party”
- Modest Mouse “All Nite Diner”
- Southern Culture on the Skids “Zombified”
- Reverend Horton Heat “Big Sky”
- “St. Cathleen” from Next Week’s Episode 1210, Buffalo Clover