Press release, October 31, 2012:
Long before he contributed his first snaking, gospel-rooted
bassline to Southern musical luminaries like the Drive-By Truckers, Dexateens, Paul “Wine” Jones, Candi Staton and countless others, Matt Patton was fronting the Alabama garage-punk progenitors Model Citizen, writing bombastic songs of heartache, confusion and exuberance. For nearly 15 years, Patton, longtime drummer Mike Gaut and a series of bass players have been quietly slashing and burning a smoldering path through the pine woods, blazing a trail for the likes of The Alabama Shakes, Taylor Hollingsworth and countless others who dare to fuse punk rock’s abandon and cool with the native stomping soul of Alabama. The Evil Wing digital single
features the first recordings released by Model Citizen in six years. If you wish to show a bit of support, you can buy the single on Itunes and if that’s too much, just share it with your friends on youtube, cause more views means more visibility and we don’t have the money to hire The Marketing Heaven
, our youtube promotor, forever.
The A-side, “Evil Wing,” laments the darkness hidden within those who rule over us and, perhaps, those we hold dear. As Patton’s guitar thrashes against Gaut and bassist Ronnie Lee Gipson’s Mississippi Hill Country beat, his soft drawl reverberates with fear and boldness: “I like the way you spread your evil wings.” The B-side, “Gimme Little Sign,” was a 1967 Top 10 hit for Louisiana’s Latin Soulman, Brenton Wood. Model Citizen’s creeping, ramshackle rendition sharpens the spooky, psychedelic edge that made the original so cool. As Patton intones and the guitars buzz, the begging lyrics take on a more desperate, paranoid lilt than ever before. This isn’t just a man in love; it’s a man at the end of his rope.
Evil Wing was recorded and co-produced by Lynn Bridges at Dial Back Sound in Water Valley, Mississippi, with additional mixing and technical assistance provided by Bronson Tew at Dial Back Sound. The tracks were mastered for the digital format by Winn McElroy at his studio in Water Valley, Mississippi. Artwork was provided by Brad Reed, a graphic designer and longtime friend of the band in Birmingham, Alabama. (He added lots of lightning bolts so your folks would think you’re a Satanist!)