One of my mantras when exploring the internet for new music is to start with one of my favorite bands and dig, in this case Hot Snakes. Once again, I struck gold with Obits who released new album “Beds & Buds” September 10th on Sub Pop Records. The band features Hot Snakes and ex-Drive Like Jehu frontman Rick Froberg and Edsel’s Sohrab Habibion.
Here’s what Habibion had to say about the track:
This tune was originally called “Black Ice” until we realized that there is an exceptionally mediocre AC/DC song and album from 2008 with the same name. So, instead of changing the name to a great Acca Dacca number like “She’s Got Balls,” we decided to go with “Spun Out.” When I first wrote the intro guitar part that ends up sort of doubling the opening bass line, I was thinking of trying something like what Stuart Moxham does on Young Marble Giants’ “Choco Loni,” but then Rick came up with those buttery Duane Eddy chords, which gave it nice twist. And for music nerds, there’s an interesting change in the outro, where Greg holds his bass loop from the chorus while Rick transitions from a picking guitar part to more of a rave-up and I add some rhythmic guitar stabs. We wanted to gradually increase the tension before the song finally falls apart. Also I really like Rick’s lyrics on this one, which are as heartbreaking as a classic country song. It’s easy to imagine one of the great Chuck’s (Charlie Rich, Charley Pride, Charlie Daniels) singing “Want a change in lighting. Want a change for life. Each link on a bad road broken. Want a change for life.”
You can check out the song, along a full list of dates and locations on the band’s North American tour, below.
Oct. 22 & 23 Halifax, NS – Halifax Pop Explosion
Oct. 30 Tampa, FL – The Fest
Oct. 31 Gainesville, FL – The Fest
Nov. 14 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
Nov. 15 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s Crystal Ball
Nov. 16 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
Nov. 17 Eugene, OR – WOW Hall
Nov. 19 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
Nov. 20 Visalia, CA – Cellar Door
Nov. 21 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Nov. 22 San Diego, CA – Casbah
Nov. 23 Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar