By 1997, I was desperate to hear music that didn’t sound like Pearl Jam. I admittedly tend to overstate the enveloping nature of the grunge movement on nineteen-nineties rock scene, but it was exhausting to endure the onslaught of bands opting for a bludgeoning guitar approach stripped of nuance, especially when working at one of the alternative stations that briefly flared into commercial radio dominance in the middle of the decade. And that’s without taking into consideration the hideous nu metal that quickly followed.
I clamored for anything that was different from the thunderous sonic norm. Let’s Kill Saturday Night, the third album from 5 Chinese Brothers provided exactly that. I picked it up note unheard after reading about it somewhere (I’d credit the source, but its lost in the swirl of fading memories) and happily connected with its country-tinged barroom rock, informed by a genial cynicism and a wry sense of humor. And any band that used a song called “Three Cool Guys” to extol the virtues of Jackie Chan, Buster Keaton, and Popeye was clearly committed to speaking the truth.
Listen or download —> 5 Chinese Brothers, “Three Cool Guys”
(Disclaimer: I believe Let’s Kill Saturday Night is out of print as a physical object that can be procured from your favorite local, independently owned record store in a manner that provides commerce to both the proprietor of said shop and the original artist. It is shared here with that understanding. I do know the rules, however, and will gladly and promptly remove this file from my little corner of the digital world if asked to do so by any individual or entity with due authority to make such a request.)