Volume 4

by The Imperial Rooster

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Keith Kasyan
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Keith Kasyan This new album from The Imperial Rooster is pretty amazing. Somewhat less frenetic than their earlier stuff, but still ass-kicking gonzo-roots music. The songs have a dark edge, as ever, but this collection of songs evokes a kind of benign distopia where everything has gone to shit, but there is still plenty of beer. Come to think of it, that may be an accurate description of the world most of us occupy these days. Favorite track: Dangerous Times.
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I was headed to my 32 room grotto in Espanola, New Mexico in my 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood when I found them. I had just pulled into the Family Dollar to stock up on some canned goods for my lady friends. As it turned out, my lady friends would just have to wait.

The instant I opened the door, I heard the sound of the hottest new talent on the scene today drifting from a front porch just across the highway. It was The Imperial Rooster.

They had it all. The look. The sound. The talent. Kohrn Sirrap, with his sagely wisdom and shadowy past. Perro De Mal, with his lightning fast drumming that seemed to whisper into my ears “sexuales.” Carlossus! The Count of Monte Carlos with his unparalleled knowledge of stock rims used by American automobile manufacturers in the 1981 and 1982 fiscal years. Nat King Kong, with the voice of a man whose voice is actually the voice of one thousand troubadours. And Cootie Leroux, who's signature dance moves can be held exclusively responsible for any mass seductions that may occur, regardless of race, creed or geographic location.

I knew it from the moment I heard them. I had to get this fresh new sound on tape. So for two days in July of 2017, we put on our polyester-most shirts, locked the doors and let the tapes roll. The result: The Imperial Rooster Volume 4. But don't take my word for it. Hear for yourselves.

-Bobby Franks (executive producer: Night Janitor, Ladyfist, Meat Section, Dad Vs Dad, Cyborg Justice and many others)


released August 4, 2017

Recorded live on July 15 & 16, 2017 at The Big Green, Hernandez, NM

Kohrn Sirrap - Banjo, Dobro, Guitar, Vocals
Cootie Leroux - Guitar, Vocals, Banjo
Nat King Kong - Vocals, Schluba, Hobophone, Harmonica, Jug
Carlossus! The Count of Monte Carlos - Bass, Vocals
Perro De Mal - Drums, Vocals
Slackeye Slim - Lap Steel, Dobro, Banjo, Saw

Recorded and produced by Joe Frankland
Executive Producer - Bobby Franks


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The Imperial Rooster Espanola, New Mexico

Espanola, New Mexico's The Imperial Rooster play an out there mix of folk, blues, country, & rock and roll that can only be described as GONZO ROOTS MUSIC. Influenced by Beer, Sterno, Johnny Cash, Nick Cave, Beer, Screamin Jay Hawkins, Tom Waits, beer and Captain Beefheart. ... more

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