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The Blakes

Premiere: “Ramshackle Hearse” MP3

Sep 17, 2009

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On October 13th, The Blakes will self-release Souvenir, the follow-up to its Streets EP and the recent reissue of The Blakes. They started in rural central Maine, with brothers Garnet and Snow Keim. After a move to Seattle, the siblings hooked up with drummer in Bob Husak. The band take their name from a dream Garnet had after he attended a showing of the works of William Blake, but the trio make bluesy guitar-pop in the vein of The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Dandy Warhols. On this exclusive preview track, titled "Ramshackle Hearse," the group tap into their inner Doors with that harpsichord line. The paranoid lyrics weave a story of sinister bankers, communists, daddy grave diggers and suicide. The Blakes craft grave stuff but it's incredibly appealing.