PREVIEW: decker at the Walnut Room – 10/16/2015

The psychedelic desert folk outfit, decker, is touring in support of its critically acclaimed Patsy, an album Magnet Magazine raved “bursts with emotion at every edge” and will be in Denver on Friday, October 16, at the Walnut Room.

General admission tickets are available for $12 and can be purchased by clicking here.

The music of decker, is an intense blend of desert psych folk, gospel and Old Testament terror along with lyrics that embrace the plight of the everyman. The Sedona, AZ band released Patsy earlier this year and is heading out for another tour behind the album.

On Patsy, singer Brandon Decker touches on socio-economic hardships and political failings; on the title track – an initially pretty acoustic number that veers dynamic and dark – he invokes the image of Lee Harvey Oswald. “Never better over there/never better anywhere” he laments, as the song builds to a repeated refrain of, “they shot me down.”

From an eerie melancholy opening to a foot-stomping midsection and through an extended guitar freakout, the album’s nine-minute musical tour de force “Cellars” actually sums up the album most succinctly. It’s bitter, but defiant. “I’m not dead but I’m still crawling.” Decker sings. “The walls were made for falling down. I’m not mad but I’m still calling the man who made me shut my mouth.”

Patsy is bookended (save for a quick intro) by “O.D.B.” and “Ol Dirty Revival,” two themed tracks that lean gospel revival over psychedelic guitar folk. Musical outliers here, in a way similar to Dylan’s “Positively 4th Street,” they fit decker’s vision of people betrayed by the outer, unknown dwellers of their social, artistic and professional circles. The Bluegrass Situation says, “The rootsy rambler ‘O.D.B.’ has just enough swing to make you ‘just dance / If you caught up in the holy ghost trance’.”

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