Low Cut Connie (from the album Dirty Pictures, Vol 2)
Low Cut Connie traveled south from their Philadelphia, Pennsylavania base to record album number four, Dirty Pictures, Vol 1, at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Low Cut Connie stick with a good sound, recording their latest release, Dirty Pictures, Vol 2, in Memphis at Ardent once again. Since forming in 2010, Low Cut Connie have been on a rock’n’soul mission, the piano-fronted band (Adam Wiener-player, Shondra-piano) have curated the sonic passion of 1950’s/1960’s rock’n’roll, going towards the edges of the sound with feral attack melodies and a don’t-fuck-with-me beat. Dirty Pictures, Vol 2 stages the same raw approach Low Cut Connie developed as a brand, while offering each song with a defined connection to harder-edged performances of the past. The album opens on a distorted beat that claims “All These Kids are Way Too High”, stomping out a groove with a rigid chord pound in “Hey! Little Child” while the rhythms wriggle and squirm as a goodbye note is hammered into “Master Tapes”.
The songs of Low Cut Connie are museum pieces. Living and breathing soundbites that resonate with the first notes of rock’n’roll, representing without replicating the untamed music delivered by artists such as Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis. A sound dangerous simply because it felt scary. The stories are not pretty, Dirty Pictures, Vol 2 making one last attempt to hold “Beverly” close before she drifts away forever while “Hollywood” looks at the flipside of glitz and glamour as “Oh Suzanne” bangs out a farewell. Doo Wop harmonies back Low Cut Connie as the band bares its heart for a spotlight slow dance in “Every Time You Time Around” as Low Cut Connie make sure the message is clear in “Please Do Not Come Home”. Rock’n’Roll changed the world, Low Cut Connie remind us of what that sounded like.
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