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A Little Bit Of Gasoline

by Doug Andrew & The Circus In Flames

"Original Sheet Metal Country"
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Come Down The Canyon
5:22 $0.99
2. The Cucko'
6:02 $0.99
3. Decatur Blues
3:45 $0.99
4. Sitting In A Darkened Room
5:44 $0.99
5. A Little Bit Of Gasoline
4:39 $0.99
6. See You Waving
6:22 $0.99
7. Henry William
4:39 $0.99
8. Lay Me Down
4:33 $0.99
9. Hearin' My Footsteps
3:59 $0.99
10. When Christ Was A Cowboy
9:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
"The sun is burning orange and the crows are flying east
While I dance within my black heart closer to the beast
Clear across this scorched plain my fields begin to quake
And far off in one corner burns a scarecrow at the stake

You lookin’ at a home for drunken saints or fallen angels?
Well, I know for sure a piece of Hell is up for sale
Let’s wipe the tint off of your rose-coloured glasses
With a little bit of gasoline"

With those words Doug Andrew and the Circus in Flames announce the release of A Little Bit Of Gasoline and the return of their unique brand of “sheet metal country”, a phrase coined by Andrew to describe the singular sound of The Circus In Flames debut CD. When Andrew released the critically acclaimed Circus In Flames in 1997 it was touted by Dirty Linen Magazine as “a strong argument for indie release of the year” and Warren Footz, writing for Edmonton’s See Magazine, noted that Andrew’s songs “should shuffle him off into the Canadian song-writing hierarchy.” The recording garnered a regular slot on CBC playlists and a national radio broadcast of the group in concert.

While band personnel changes and the vagaries of the industry placed the Circus In Flames project on hold Andrew has continued to write and to perform throughout western Canada. Aside from solo performances and a semi-regular gig with Peter North’s “Come On In My Kitchen” concert series, Andrew has opened for Jesse Winchester at Edmonton’s Festival Place and performed in a tribute to Ian Tyson at a National Arts Centre presentation in Ottawa. Most recently, The Circus In Flames joined such artists as former Byrd, Chris Hillman, Blue Rodeo, Gordon Lightfoot and Jennifer Warnes on The Gift: A Tribute To Ian Tyson released by Stony Plain Records and distributed by Warner Music. The group was honoured to welcome legendary steel guitarist Buddy Cage (New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Great Speckled Bird, Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks) onto their version of the Tyson classic, Someday Soon which the Toronto Star chose as the Top Track after rating the album “3½ out of 4 Stars.”

With a stack of new songs that seemed to fit the unique Circus In Flames sound Andrew returned to the recording studio. The outcome of those sessions is a CD that showcases the talents of a veteran songwriter at the height of his craft. On A Little Bit of Gasoline Andrew explores internal landscapes infused with loss, love, revenge and redemption. Ranging from the aching aftermath of a doomed relationship in “See You Waving” or the failed dreams of a minor league hockey player’s last shot in the autobiographical “Decatur Blues” to the revenge fuelled rant of the title track Andrew gives listeners songs filled with intensely personal lyrics and universally felt emotion.

Once again, Andrew assembles an interesting and eclectic group of musicians to record with. Joining him from The Circus In Flames first CD is mandolinist Brian Barr. This time Brian stretches out to also include electric, flat-top acoustic, slide and banjo guitars as well as to engineer and co-produce the recording. For an upright bassist, Doug put in a call to Austin, Texas to Ron Allan. This was something of a reunion for Ron and Doug as they had once played together in the punk/alt-rock, Shanghai Dog over twenty years before. To round out the band, highly regarded veteran drummer Ed Goodine was recruited and he sets up the album’s overall feel, proving why his talents are in such great demand by pretty much every musician in Vancouver. The recording is also blessed with a guest appearance on "Come Down The Canyon" by Edmonton bluesman Mark Sterling on dobro.

With A Little Bit of Gasoline Doug Andrew and The Circus In Flames deliver a disc filled to the brim with a passion and grit that feeds the soul and informs the heart. The Circus is back in town and it was worth the wait.



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"essential listening"
It seems as though it took forever for Doug Andrew to put out the second Circus In Flames album. I know because I held my breath for exactly that long. His original self-titled album was one of my all time favourites, so (in my books, anyway) the sophomore release had some pretty big shoes to fill. A Little Bit of Gasoline more than lives up to the promise of its predecessor. For those unfamiliar, Mr. Andrew titles what he does, "sheet metal country", which I suppose is as good a description as any. I'd call it "essential listening".

Tom Harrison - Vancouver Province

"Andrew is a great songwriter"
Andrew is a great songwriter with a cranky voice, while Circus In Flames are his extraordinarily sympathetic band, able to provide spare, understated backing to 'When Christ Was A Cowboy' or yowling blues-rock in the nerve-tingling title track. Here, they mix some Dylan-influenced originals with the folk of the traditional 'The Cuckoo.' The range of Andrew and his Circus occasionally brings to mind Violent Femmes, a weird mix of musical eclecticism built on a dark folklore.

Paul Kerr - Americana UK

"Brilliant - 9 out of 10."
Tremendous, ferocious slice of twisted country blues from Canada. Snapping at you from the off with acoustic guitars thrust out front, Doug Andrew snarls throughout the opening song (Come Down the Canyon) like some country cousin of Pere Ubu’s David Thomas. Instead of Ubu’s synths we get sinewy slide guitar snaking throughout. The lyrics are tough (He lit out with a vengeance/Like a comet down a sewer hole/Black eyed and bruised with a half broke/Smirk on his face/They hung a pretty good number on him) and are spat out with feeling. In similar vein the title song is another bruiser, thrashing around looking for trouble while Hearin’ My Footsteps is a mean dirty blues with gutbucket guitar.Sitting in a Darkened Room evokes memories of the late Kevin Coyne in his prime. Things slow down for a couple of tracks. When Christ Was a Cowboy is an epic ballad (nine minutes, all good) one could imagine several Nashville rebels wishing they had written. Henry William could be a traditional lament lifted from Harry Smith but as with all the songs, it was written by Andrew. Best of all is The Cucko’ which lifts its opening from the traditional song but goes on in a Dylanesque vein with a tremendous guitar solo that sobs and trembles until the band eventually coalesce into that rare “mercury sound” that few achieve these days. Brilliant. - Reviewers Rating: 9 out of 10.

David Creery

"Osoyoos", not "The Sault, yes!"
I first heard "Come down the canyon" on the CBC Radio 3 podcast, and liked it so much I ordered the CD. The rest of the album is also excellent: alt country in the mould of early Blue Rodeo or Tragically Hip. See you waving is a touching, catchy ballad with a world weary Dylanesque feel (though I'm sure Circus in Flames could play it better live than Bob could: NB tone of recent Dylan concert disappointment). This is great stuff: get it before they go huge.

Shawn Conner - The Georgia Straight

"ready-to-explode folk rock"
Nearly a decade after their debut, Doug Andrew and his band the Circus in Flames have lit the fuse on another disc of ready-to-explode folk rock. A Little Bit of Gasoline reintroduces Andrew’s distinctively weathered voice and the talents of multi-instrumentalist Brian Barr, who also played on the 1997 self-titled Circus in Flames debut. New to the fold are bassist Ron Allan, with whom Andrew played in Shanghai Dog back in the first wave of Vancouver punk, and in-demand drummer Ed Goodine.

The first Circus in Flames disc collected its share of rave reviews, and A Little Bit of Gasoline is bound to do the same. Andrew’s story-songs, backed here with generous helpings of mandolin and slide guitar and sung in an edge-of-madness warble, have a rough-hewn, raw groove. “Come Down the Canyon (Down Canyon Blues)”, a raucous tale about a guy escaping the confines of his narrow-minded hometown, sets the disc’s mood. The bittersweet “See You Waving” and the traditional-sounding folk of “Henry William” give the disc variety, while “When Christ Was a Cowboy” is an ambitious epic. But it’s the scary title track that really delivers. The fastest, punchiest tune here, it gives Andrew and his cohorts a chance to let loose in a way that makes you want to see what the Circus in Flames can do live.