Giant Giant Sand
giant giant sand was formed by nature one imploding evening on stage, probably berlin .. maybe vevey .. and since then an album has amassed tween the scatter of christmas and the tickle of a new year’s eve ... besting not to insult that nature before the gifted year would have already made its escape .. then, once the songs were culmed, twere shaken up and tossed out across the kitchen table .. a pattern was discernable in their sprawl .. ... a story line was then thread to connect them in hopes it might assist in the short attention span of our youth and the onslaught of dementia for the rest of us .. . since no available spoken word was stitched in to such a lining of this coat of songs, an opera plopped outa her .. not a propera .. a popera of country rock proportions thanks to pedal steel with an open door policy to any passing cumbia ... thanks in no small part to the influx of the young bloods now in tow hailing from the city of tucson itself, the band now bloated with members 30 years the junior of such senior membership as well as the rapidly encroaching middle age of the danes still in cluster from the last 10 years .. . and the sonic embrace of lonna up the road from phoenix, and maggie from copenhagen too.
though the story line is handed out in 3 parts .. it should be noted it is intended only as a part of the entertainment factor to bolster the drab world of liner notes .. and not a necessary thing for the listener part part 1: the setting and the allure of escape part 2: the tangle of love part 3: the community and its endurance all parts set to the time line of here and 12 minutes from now while the world shrugs us off a bit
The Old Ceremony draws plays lush, literate rock.
With eight years of touring the US, Canada, and Europe and five albums under their belt, the Durham/Chapel Hill, NC band occupies its own darkly lit corner of the musical world. It is a corner filled with ominous rumblings and world-weary but hopeful characters.