Slim Cessna’s Auto Club

Slim Cessna's Auto ClubNewly returned from a triumphal European tour Slim Cessna’s Auto Club will be undertaking North American tour dates starting mid- November and turning through the end of the year in celebration of the release of its newest album The Commandments According to SCAC. I’m hoping you’ll consider advancing their date in your town via feature, album review or advance blurb.

It has been twenty-four years since Slim Cessna formed Slim Cessna’s Auto Club with a group of talented peers after parting ways with The Denver Gentlemen, that grand progenitor of the peculiar strain of Gothic Americana unique to the Mile High City whose other members would found 16 Horsepower. Many bands with as long and successful a career would stick close to its roots, treading the same territory that it helped to define forever. Rather than rest on well-earned laurels, the Auto Club challenged itself to break with well-worn modes of operating for the new record.

The Commandments According to CAC, will be the first full length album of original material released on the Auto Club’s own imprint, SCACUNINCORPORATED. The title evokes the themes of cosmic punishment and redemption that have served the band’s songwriting engine so well in the past. But this set of songs sounds more hopeful and expansive, a quality that was always there but this time out the brighter sides of the songwriting are emphasized. Hints of this saw early full-flown expression on 2008’s Cipher and Unentitled from 2011. With The Commandments, however, the Auto Club seems to step forward into the promise of its own possibilities. It remains capable of the heady darkness and celebratory intensity with which it made its name.

Now that charmingly dusky and spare sound breathes with a color and delicacy of feeling that perhaps sat in the background in times past. Maybe it’s partly due to the greater creative contributions from longtime collaborator Rebecca Vera and The Peeler or the inclusion of upright bass player Ian O’Dougherty. But the core of the band’s songwriting and sound is anchored firmly in the vision of Slim, Munly Munly and Lord Dwight Pentacost.

Whatever the true source of this transformation, The Commandments According to SCAC sounds like a band marshalling its creative inspiration to mark out a new chapter of its existence. When you get to see the Auto Club tour following the album’s release, you’ll get to see an already mighty band reinvigorated by this new spirit as well as by the fire that has long burned in its collective belly.

Wallace Stenger may have captured the spirit of the west in his 1971 novel Angle of Repose. Jim Thompson surely exposed the lurid underbelly of the Western experience. Cormac McCarthy definitely evoked the conflicted, tortured spirit of small town life on the frontier. William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor informed all of them with a humor and soulfulness. It is that literary tradition that imbues the harrowing and celebratory sound and riveting stories of Slim Cessna’s Auto Club. And for a full twenty years it was largely in that realm of art that the Auto Club reveled and garnered a loyal cult following well beyond the boundaries of The Queen City of the Plains.

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club tour dates:

11/17/2016      Omaha                        NE      Reverb

11/18/2016      Ames               IA        DG’s Tap House

11/19/2016      Chicago          IL        Subterranean

11/20/2016      Detroit                        MI       Lager House

11/21/2016      Cincinnati      OH      MOTR Pub

11/22/2016      Cleveland       OH      Beachland Tavern

11/23/2016      Pittsburgh      PA       Club Cafe

11/24/2016      Hamilton        ON      This Ain’t Hollywood

11/25/2016      Toronto          ON      Silver Dollar

11/26/2016      Ottawa                        ON      Zaphod Beeblebrox 

11/27/2016      Montréal        QC      Bar Le Ritz

11/29/2016      Pawtucket      RI        The Met  w/ O’Death

11/30/2016      Allston                        MA     Great Scott w/ O’Death

12/1/2016        Brooklyn        NY      The Bell House  w/ O’Death

12/2/2016        Philadelphia    PA       Johnny Brenda’s

12/3/2016        Baltimore        MD      Metro Gallery

12/4/2016        Washington     DC      Hill Country Live DC

12/6/2016        Asheville         NC      Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall

12/7/2016        Knoxville        TN       Pilot Light

12/8/2016        Nashville         TN       Exit / In

12/9/2016        Dallas              TX       Three Links

12/10/2016      Austin             TX       The Sidewinder

12/30/2016      Denver            CO      3 Kings Tavern w/ Kid Congo Powers + Pink Monkey Birds

12/31/2016      Denver            CO      3 Kings Tavern w/ Kid Congo Powers + Pink Monkey Birds