Album Review

Sterling Sisters, The – “Shallow Blood” – [Cricket Cemetery]

Thurston Hunger   12/12/2013   7-inch, A Library

When I first heard this, I immediately thought of the
mighty Jay Munly, and as it turns out this apple doesn’t
fall far from the hanging tree. That nasally near yodel
voice, that sawed off violin, that scorched earth found in
gothic country territory, that wicked waltz beat and those
wanton wavering female background vox, surely they’re the
daughters of the daughters of Phorys. Hear them on
“War Cry” and just try and steer your wagon away from the
beckoning rocky gorge. Sure enough the main mister for
these Sterling Sisters is George Cessna nee Munly nee
the fallen preacher kneeling before the bloody cross atop
the la grange church on fire. No greek myths or oracles
here, it’s more of a little hell-house on the prairie vibe.
If the Prince of Peace packed a pistol, he’d be the savior
here. Mix is a bit, thick and dizzying, if not recorded
live in a saloon, pretty dang close. The two tracks on
the A-side run together like whiskey and prayer. If you
enjoy these sounds of the son, make sure to seek out the
sins of the father. -Thurston Hunger

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