Last Wednesday, November 4th REVEREND SHINE SNAKE OIL Co. played BIRDLAND one of Hamburg’s oldest jazz clubs. It was truly an extraordinary evening. Photographer Sascha Niethammer is currently working on a longtime documentation about the club. Here are some of his photos from that night….
It is a beautiful sunshiny day hear on the road to Stuttgart! It’s been a bit of Ill communication.. No net access, but gotta let all of y’all “Gandy Dancers” know… y’all who came out to see our last three shows, how much we appreciate your presence… Each show has been packed and we are meeting loads of new people. We were in Karlsruhe @ Alte Hackerei last night, for the first time in that town and it was a blow out! Thank you to Plüschi and Patti… Our first night in Dresden at Ostpol was completely packed on a Tuesday night! And Bahnhof Langendreer in Bochum was a smash! Supper sound and very professional crew… Thank you.
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What some people are saying about “Anti Solipsism pt. 1 Creatures”, the “Anti-Solipsism Tour” & “REVEREND SHINE SNAKE OIL Co.”
Jun 22nd, 11:20am
Your vinyl came back with us to israel! Love your music! Was a amazing night at paradiso! Thank you. Will love to help you if you come here some day..
The Shows through the fans eye:
Fabienne van NeerREVEREND SHINE SNAKE OIL Co.
June 16 at 5:17pm · Echt, Netherlands ·
We had the honor to see you at Kids ‘n’ Billies, you guys were totally awesome !!! Thanks for this amazing experience
Peter van RietREVEREND SHINE SNAKE OIL Co.
June 15 at 9:54pm · Arnhem, Netherlands ·
Thanx for an amazing show in Arnhem today, after the show i bought the cd and ep, and at home i bought the new cd online. Hope to see you soon again, but hopefully in a more intimate setting! You guys RULE!!
Jun 22nd, 11:40pm
Your album is also great! Thank you for orange blossom special, thank you for bringing the dirty south into future and please come to salzburg for a gig!!
Rob de la Rie
Jun 15th, 11:35am
Yesterday I worked for 16 hours on Woodlum festival, just for the love of music. Your show was magic, really had a great time mixing you guys. Moments like these make it all worthwhile.
I look forward to meeting you again, please let me know when you get back to Holland, I’d be happy to take care of your sound again.
Jun 15th, 3:30pm
We loved your music, at the park in Arnhem. thanks
Christian JobstREVEREND SHINE SNAKE OIL Co.
June 9 at 11:04pm ·
It was an amazing concert at orange blossom special festival! you guys blew my mind!!!
Sebastian Müller I second that!
woooouuuuuuaaahhhh, i listened to you record, this morning: it’s very intense and fantastic!!!
i think i even like it more even than your former recordings!! is it a new guitarrist? it sounds more “garage-rock” and a little less “jazz” to me (only at first listen) – am i right? i heard david bowie, tom waits, the romantics (talking in your sleep)… i love it a lot!!
– susie reinhardt – ByteFM – http://www.byte.fm
English Translation (By Google):
Reverend Shine Snake Oil Co. – Anti-Solipsism Part One – Creature
Is it an EP or a mini album, we are dealing with? Reverend Snake Oil Co.’s New album consists of five tracks, so it’s probably almost an EP. It also fits with the fact that it is accompanied by a volume II later this year. But perhaps it is also stated that the album format is a little on the crisis in the streaming and vinyl times?
But do these outside circumstances exist Reverend Snake Oil Co. In its small album made a very worthy listen plate in the textual universe is a showdown with the spirit of the time penchant for self-indulgence. And to achieve just the right atmosphere has the multinational band – frontman Claudius Pratt, Justin Moses, Martin Ollivierre and Matthias Klein – terminated the recording sessions for the former prison. But perhaps the most a clever gimmick!?
The music, however, no failed. The good band is at the throat of the American musical tradition and plays a full-fat rock added a number of natural additives in the form of blues and garage rock. It is already evident in the first track “The Candidate” where Pratt rough, hoarse, rusty voice is surrounded by a striking guitar and a harmonica frenetically, drawing directly on the blues tradition. Song # 2 – “The Truth” – is something of a rock ballad that is built around drums and banging noise that initiates the song and puts a complex rhythmic layers along with rhythm guitar under Pratt’s troubled voice.
Pratt sounds like a man under torture who moans and plagues to be pardoned and set free. And instrumentalist have to be changed to take the lead in the songs, all of which appear to be modern rock versions of the blues song that became the Confederate cotton fields. And you did not know better, one could be forgiven for thinking that the plate had been in the marshlands in the American South. But it is not so. And it underscores just how international the so-called Americana has become. The grown here there and everywhere – not least in Denmark.
Reverend Shine Snake Oil Co. – Anti-solipsism part one – Creatures – Soapbox Music. Release of tomorrow.
English Translation (By Google):
Reverend Shine Snake Oil Co. is not a company in South America to drill for oil. But a band that mixes everything from swing to rock and blues in a somewhat spicy style. The nationalities are mixed with frontman Claudius Pratt, born in London, raised in the United States, living in Copenhagen. New Yorker, Justin Moses on guitar, Sønderjyden Martin Ollivierre on bass and German Mathias Klein on drums.
The debut album is called “Anti-Solipsism part one – Creature” and the first part of 2 udgvielser. These are published in collaboration with Soapbox MUSIC and Ein Mangfaldig Kar (EMC).
The album, which more be called an EP consists of 5 songs in English.
In The Candidate, the listener shaken well and truly up in a mixture of rock’n’blues the lead singer Claudius give it as a noise rocker. The soundtrack keeps quite well with lots clout and accordion tunes.
A small sneakpeak in the blues genre of Mrs.. Brown will also, when darkness mixed with whiskey, smoke and dim lighting. The laid-back song, Mrs.. Brown, is an atmospheric gem when it comes out on the late night hours when alcohol has come close to the body and the sun has gone down long ago. Both the guitar, harmonica and vocals since creates a fine atmosphere as definitely should be experienced live, just once in a lifetime.
A trance-creating guitar riff cuts through the song Home. The mood has climbed down from its pedestal to be with the rest of the mob and be a part of the subtle universe as Reverend Shine Snake Oil Co. create with their music. The vocals from Claudius get more space and the guitars come to his place.
Reverend Shine Snake Oil Co. is quite popular in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria, judging from their upcoming tour. Among other things, with concerts in German cities such as Hamburg, Berlin, Dortmund, Frankfurt and Hannover. Amsterdam will also be visited by these alternative rockers swing.
Note that the video is an old video but tells very well who the band is.
Orange Blossom Special
English Translation (By Google):
by Radio couch
After a short audio sample of recent MetaModern Sounds in Country Music, the estimated listeners of Radio couch this time are kidnapped on the Orange Blossom Special Festival, which takes place every year at Whitsun in the contemplative Beverungen at the Weser.
The loud journal Rolling Stone “best small open-air festival in the world” offers a wide, hand-picked selection of music between supersanftem folk and rock-hard rock – we present that, among other things, the magical-musical medicine men of Reverend Shine Snake Oil Co. of Denmark, the successful swedish-German venture Golden Kanine, the wonderful Neil Young disciples of Dangers of The Sea, the ravishing Folker Mister and Mississippi from the Netherlands, the U.S. Foothill Stomper Richard Johnston, the subtle harmonies of the Anglo-American couple Rue Royale and the grand Keston Cobblers’ Club of Great Britain. They all did their best in the heat of Pentecost Beverungen – and were even enthusiastic. To listen at multicult.fm on Wednesday, 18/06/2014, 22 clock, and on Saturday, 06/21/2014, at 7 clock on FM 88.4 and 90.7 for Berlin and Potsdam. Enjoy!
English Translation (By Google):
PRIEST PREACHING TO REDUCE POWER
Almost three years after their second ep is Reverend Shine Snake Oil Co. finally ready with their debut album. As the title suggests, there is also a part two on the way. It will be released later that year.
Both publications are put together of 13 tracks recorded live in one day in an abandoned prison in Sweden. Five of these numbers represent all Anti-Solipsism part one – Creatures, and if you do not think it sounds like much, compared to for this to be an album, I’m inclined to agree with you, even though the total playing time rounds half an hour.
But the playing time is quite appropriate, for like the past be the case, it is a potent potion priest mixed. The band is a melting pot of nationalities and genres. Among the latter we find swing, rock-steady, blues, African rhythms and strikes of punk anarchy. High-octane roots music led by the always energetic frontman Claudius Pratt.
It’s ‘business as usual’ in the opening track, the only 2:41 long virvelvind “Candidate”, but then felt that the band has spent the time since Belligerent to refine term. Some of anarkien sorted out, and a more droning tone of repetitions in both music and vocals have made its entry.
It is both good and bad. In “The Truth” provides the scintillating percussion fine contrast to Claudius Pratt and guest singer Yaa Kakrabas vocal partnership before the number ends with a regular sermon. The subsequent “Mrs. Brown “is sweaty blues, but the album’s second half -” Hey Now “and the ten-minute” Home “- takes the character of race on the spot. There are too many repetitions but not enough to repeat.
Anti-Solipsism part one – Creatures is fine, but unfortunately not more than that. It will be interesting to see if part two invites you to listen again and re-interpretation of the first part.
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English Translation (By Google):
A band with a name like “Reverend Shine Snake Oil Co.” has therefore at least as special, let propose to classify as deviant. The “RSSOC” is a quartet that comes from NY. They all have unusual names like “Angeryman” (Claudius Pratt: vocals), “The Sandman” (Justin Moses Gunn: guitar), “Colonel Taz” (Matthias Klein: drums) and “The Silk City Kid” (Martin Ollivierre: bass).
Their story really begins when they fly to Copenhagen in 2007 for the time being not to return. They themselves describe their music as “the new gospel of the wayward” (roughly translated: “the new gospel of the quirky”). They are in their own words inspired by “the good Lord, wine, whiskey and women.” Their music is devilish seductive rhythm & blues, with a strong sense of traditional Negro spirituals …
Their first part of their debut studio album “Anti-Solipsism Part 1 – Creatures” is an EP with five tracks, they have recorded in the Härlanda prison in Gothenburg, Sweden. The band stayed there for 24 hours, completely isolated from the outside world, to all the songs in live play. Part 2 is scheduled for the autumn.
[Editor’s note: Solipsism? Solipsism (from “solus” alone, and “ipse”, self) is the belief or philosophy that there is only one consciousness exists: that of the observer. The whole universe and all other persons being communicated exist only in the mind of the observer – Is all that we see around us really? Or are things and people in our environment due primarily to the fantasies of our own mind? How can I be sure that I do exist yourself?]
In January this year, the band gave a performance during ‘Eurosonic Noorderslag’ in Groningen, where she led Claudius Pratt, with his dark, sweaty body in a translucent blouse mirror tent warmed up a few degrees quickly. With their soul, gospel and blues, and Claudius’ raspy voice and mesmerizing movements continued his preaching about life, drink, women and power in God and he got the crowd soon dancing. In June in the Netherlands and also planned new gigs later in Germany.
Album tracks: 1 “The Candidate” – 2 “The Truth” – 3 “Mrs. Brown “- 4″ Hey Now “- 5″ Home “- All songs written by Reverend Shine Snake Oil Co.
Part 1 of their quirky EP … “The CREATURE” (creature)
Man is a fragile creature, just as corrupt and heroic as the creature takes shape. The struggling unrecognizable along the way while collecting stones … They gather in cities, led by their demons, bear their burdens and losses on the move all the intimate details of their lives.
I was a candidate, I was a deacon of justice, I was looking for the truth. I tried to represent my constituency … with pragmatic and resolute confidence, but oh, how fickle the mob … The noise of their chatter is changing as fast as the chatter of girls … They disappear quickly and you will be defenseless …
The album opens in unadulterated blues style with earthy story 1 “The Candidate” with seasoning Jenz Koudahl harmonica. 2 “The Truth” opens with mysterious African drumming of Ayi Solomon, and wail the story takes over and the tension rises slowly. 3 “Mrs. Brown “is a bit more calm in the company and can the gang quietly punching further jamming. In 4 “Hey Now” is again with some bluesy gospel shouts and may Jenz Koudahl get back his harmonica above. The Bible closes with a series of voodoo grooves in these endless valve 5 “Home”.
Thus spoke the “Reverend Shine Snake Oil Co.” … while they blessed their audience; that after this musical miss sweaty, hypnotized and impressed still left the tent …
The Shows reviwed by the media:
Somewhere in Germany somebody likes what were doing… So much so they recommend us to their readers… Check out Radio Coach they were kind enough to talk about us and our show at the Orange Blossom Special Leave a comment give us praise, tell them about your better days… Hey Lou if your out there you might need this too… Apparently Lou came to our show in Utrecht (WOODLUM Festival) and foud what she had been searching for alought she did not know she was looking… Maybe you to can find a little something that your looking for!
Broken English Translation:
After a short audio sample of recent MetaModern Sounds in Country Music , the estimated listeners of Radio couch this time are on the Orange Blossom Special Festivalkidnapped, held every year at Whitsun in the contemplative Beverungen at the Weser.
The loud journal Rolling Stone “best small open-air festival in the world” offers a wide, hand-picked selection of music between supersanftem folk and rock-hard rock – we present that, among other things, the magical-musical medicine men of Reverend Shine Snake Oil Co. of Denmark, the successful Swedish-German Venture Golden Kanine , the wonderful Neil Young Disciples of Dangers Of The Sea , the ravishing Folker Mister and Mississippi from the Netherlands, the U.S. Foothill Stomper Richard Johnston , the subtle harmonies of the Anglo-American couple Rue Royale and the grand Keston Cobblers’ Club of Great Britain. They all did their best in the heat of Pentecost Beverungen – and were even enthusiastic. To listen at on Wednesday, 18/06/2014, 22 clock, and on Saturday, 06/21/2014, at 7 clock on FM 88.4 and 90.7 for Berlin and Potsdam.Enjoy!
Solipsism (i/ˈsɒlɨpsɪzəm/; from Latin solus, meaning “alone”, and ipse, meaning “self”) is the philosophical idea that only one’s own mind is sure to exist. As an epistemological position, solipsism holds that knowledge of anything outside one’s own mind is unsure; the external world and other minds cannot be known, and might not exist outside the mind. As a metaphysical position, solipsism goes further to the conclusion that the world and other minds do not exist. extreme egocentrism!
What is Anti-Solipsism?
When I was in college and studying religion at one stage I began to delve into Hinduism. My professor at the time had this to say about “Western thought”…I am paraphrasing here so bare with me: “To be or not to be… What a stupid question… We are or we are not, now get on with it!”
He prefaced that by saying “Western philosophy asks the wrong question”. It shows it’s own immaturity by denying the basic truth of our existence… Some have even gone on so far as to say this was a convenient way of explaining away the atrocities we as a society are able to commit… But that is a very long conversation.
Anti-Solipsism is my attempt at putting others needs ahead of my own. I grew up in the “me” generation and I know my own selfish ego. It seems to me all that is wrong with the world comes from our extreme selfishness. It is as if we fear being left out, as if there will be nothing left if we do not attempt to take it all, first. How can we hope to build a future if we lay claim to all of existence in perpetuity? Thereby defining that which is meant to be immeasurable.
All this leads me to a great experience I encountered on the road with our band. Our second night in a hotel was spent in Augsburg at the GRANDHOTEL COSMOPOLIS. We had stayed there a year ago when it was under construction. At the time I was under the impression that it was an artist collective. That was just the tip of the iceberg. Upon our return I found this hotel still a bit of a work in progress but the scope of their vision had broadened to such an extent that I can only do it justice by letting them explain it in their own words…
Here are some quotes from their project description:
The GRANDHOTEL COSMOPOLIS is no ordinary hotel and it does not try to be. It is a place that combines refugee accommodations, artist’s studios and open work spaces as well as a hotel offering culinary and cultural attractions.”
“THE GRANDHOTEL COSMOPOLIS IS
A CONCRETE UTOPIA – REALISING A COSMOPOLITAN EVERYDAY CULTURE WITHOUT LIMITS WHERE REFUGEES, TRAVELLERS, GUESTS, ARTISTS AND NEIGHBOURS MEET AND ARE WELCOME.”
“Everything centers on the human being and our ability to shape and transform the world.”
For more from the Artists and organizers themselves visit their website: https://grandhotelcosmopolis.wordpress.com
This place is just the type of inspiration I needed, Artist coming together with the local government and the broader community to create a space where all can share and work together. Donations by local business and the labor of volunteers has created a very special place that all in that community can be proud of.
Thank you for the memories and the affirmation of our convictions…
The GRANDHOTEL COSMOPOLIS is the physical embodiment of “Anti-Solipsism” because it is a selfless effort born of the want to share the resources and natural gifts to which we all should have the right.