A couple of Christmas’s ago I received a great book on the history of the legendary Southampton venue The Joiners Arms. Not only does it tell the story of the music scene of the last 30 years, but it lists all the gigs that took place there at that time. I went nearly every week during 1991 and 1992 and I had forgotten many of the bands that I had seen, including a particularly good gig by the Thin White Rope. It was a particularly hot gig and I remember them being really good and one of the band members looked like Ben Elton.
Sack Full of Silver is based around the vocals of Guy Kyser. His voice sounds like he is right out of the desert. The whole album has a country feel about it, but a harsh desert country vibe; parched and barren. It was recorded while they were touring so the sound is similar to the live Thin White Rope experience.
The standout track for me is their take on Can’s Yoo Doo Right. They strip the song back to 6 minutes in length and turn it into a swamp rock stormer. Diesel Man flips between loud and soft in a Mogwai country style.
Sack Full of Silver is their best album. It epitomises the Kyser dream; the songs, musicianship, and album conception.
Sack Full Of Silver
Yoo Doo Right
The Napkin Song
The Triangle Song
On The Floe