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Combine various ingredients of all kinds, add additional spices and seasonings, then let simmer. Shreveport, LA band Seratones was recently in town on the very day their debut album, Get Gone (on Fat Possum Records) was released, and the results were very similar.
The quartet (AJ Haynes –vocals/guitar, Connor Davis-guitar, Adam Davis-bass, and Jesse Gabriel-drums) has been gradually gaining buzz- Winning a Louisiana Music Golden Microphone prize in 2013, getting notice from Paste and NME and showcasing at this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin, TX.
Though sometimes compared to Alabama Shakes, the band is purposely more rough around the edges, and adds more of a garage punk/blues trait to their music, for the comparisons to run too deep.
‘Get Gone’ was a foot-stomping burner with Haynes’ voice going from gravel lows to searing highs and ‘Kingdom Come’ found Davis’ guitar emoting rock riffage over Gabriel’s scat-jazz drums with Haynes’ siren voice ending the song with “I'll leave you bound and reeling, but I'll be your best, believe me”.
A revved up soul version of Neil Young’s ‘Walk On’ was brilliantly melded with the gospelized ‘People Get Ready’ and a stark and solo Haynes version of Prince’s The Beautiful Ones’ proved an apt tribute.
After instructing the crowd to say “hey man” back to the band after every verse, the band ripped into a garage, chugging ‘Suffragette City’, effectively paying homage to the other rock legend lost this year to end the evening.
Like the gumbo, Seratones took a little time to fully flourish and marinate, but once it did, it was a very satisfying taste of this Shreveport band that has a bright future ahead. Getting Gone should always be so right.
Seratones at Turf Club, St Paul (06 May 2016)