Dame Satan is a San Francisco band that mixes acoustic folk, electrified blues and psychedelic textures into epic rock compositions. Their 2005 debut, Ghost Mansion, named after the home the members shared, which doubled as the recording location, offered a stripped-down, acoustic-driven blend of American rock sounds. On 2008's Beaches and Bridges, recently released digitally on Origami Music, the songs sound like they're from another universe, but it's a fully realized, detail-rich one.
There's a very natural feel throughout Beaches and Bridges that is somewhat deceptive given the considerable studio time spent on its creation. After lengthy sessions with Last of the Blacksmiths' Nigel Pavao, the band found themselves with layers and ideas to spare. It's to their credit that the songs' textured grooves and sprawling melodies are front and center, with more ethereal and heady touches reinforcing the album's otherworldly feel. With successful touring behind the release under their belts, the guys are eager to return to the studio to capture their latest jams.
We discuss the group's origins and how they plan to follow up Beaches and Bridges. We've also included four songs in the episode from several of the band's releases.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Sophia's Thai Kitchen (Davis, CA)
with Joel Smith and Hands of Plenty and Color of Love
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Rite Spot Cafe (Rock Make Street Festival Pre-Party)
with Tiny Television and Marcus Stoesz (of Paper Airplanes)