The Subdudes are back and are about to make their 429 Records debut with a their first new recording in five years, FLOWER PETALS. From their charmed beginning as the Tipitina's bar band in 1987 (a fortuitous accident as the crowd was expecting the Continental Drifters to play), the group has built upon the instant musical chemistry they encountered all those years back and remained a much loved musical entity despite a roller coaster ride of fortunes both good and bad. Last fall, the band embarked on an all-acoustic tour and the guys found themselves returning to the stripped-down sound that harkened back to their earliest days as the subdudes. It was the perfect sound to complement the rootsy, Americana songs of "Flower Petals," so proper studio work on the songs finally got under way earlier this year. On August 25th, 429 Records will release the band's 5th album as they prepare to hit the road in support of FLOWER PETALS.
FLOWER PETALS in fact, has something of an Old West flavor. The songs are loosely tied together by a common theme, set at the turn of the century and mostly told from the point of view of a soldier who has passed on. Toward the end of the recordings, the narrator's spirit is finally released to the great beyond.
The album was produced by The Subdudes and also features guests Al Kooper, Angelo Morris and Vern Monnett. The band performs mostly unplugged on the recordings. Tommy Malone is prominent on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, with electric guitar on a number of songs; Magnie plays mostly accordion in lieu of organ, and Steve Amedee is featured prominently on mandolin on several songs. Tim Cook and Jimmy Messa again split bass chores, with Tim also helping out on percussion. The compositions are jointly credited to the five subdudes.